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News Posted on March 24, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments for San Francisco Chronicle on Economic Impacts of Increased Deportations

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for the San Francisco Chronicle on the economic impacts of the increased deportations taking place under the Trump administration.  One effect has been an uptick in wire transfers from the United States to Mexico, as many immigrants empty savings accounts and send money home in anticipation of possible deportation, the article states.

“I do think there may have been an incentive created [for immigrants] to send money to family in Mexico and Central America,” said Johnson. “The fear of [deportation] is palpable in the immigrant community. It wouldn’t surprise me if people would act on that fear.”

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.