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News Posted on April 21, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments on Workplace Immigration Raids for Public Radio International

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for Public Radio International on the potential for large-scale workplace immigration enforcement operations in coming years as the Trump administration seeks to increase deportations.

Dean Johnson said that workplace raids conducted during the Clinton and Bush administrations ultimately had little impact.

“I think [they] may have made some employers think twice, but we have still seen little change in the undocumented population in the United States from 2007 to the current times, with still about 11 million undocumented people,” he said. “Most of them work. So, I don’t see any evidence at all of workplace raids having a deterrent effect on employers hiring undocumented immigrants, or undocumented immigrants coming to this country.”

“We're going to see more enforcement,” he said. “I’m not sure whether we’re going to see more workplace raids because politically they are somewhat dicey.”

 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.