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News Posted on January 6, 2017

Dean Johnson Publishes Essay on Trump Administration and Immigration

Dean Kevin R. Johnson published an essay on immigration policy in The Conversation that was picked up by the Associated Press and republished in media outlets including Univision.com.  The essay concerns president-elect Donald Trump’s plans to step up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The Trump administration will likely expand the Obama administration’s policy of focusing on the removal of immigrants convicted of crimes, a practice that has resulted in the deportation of a disproportionate number of Latino immigrants, Dean Johnson writes. The Trump administration may seek to mandate state and local assistance in immigration enforcement by threatening to withhold federal funds from those states and cities that decline to cooperate, “a step that would seemingly require congressional authorization,” he continues.

“If Congress were to pass such legislation, state and local governments may be able to challenge it as infringing on the constitutionally protected authority of the states,” writes Dean Johnson.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.