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News Posted on January 6, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments on Economics of Immigration for KPCC

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for Southern California Public Radio station KPCC on the potential economic impact of the Trump administration’s plans to deport millions of immigrants without legal status.

About one of every 10 California workers are undocumented, with most concentrated in farm labor, construction, and service industries, and their deportation would mean increased labor costs, higher prices for consumers, and a potentially “devastating impact on the economy,” Dean Johnson said. In addition, the removal process would incur “millions, possibly billions” in court costs, he said.

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.