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News Posted on November 9, 2017

Dean Johnson Interviewed on Merit-based Immigration on Boston Public Broadcasting

Dean Kevin R. Johnson was interviewed for the program Innovation Hub on WBGH, a Boston-based Public Broadcasting System station, on merit-based immigration, a concept that is central to Republican immigration-reform proposals. A merit-based immigration system would mean less focus on family connections and more emphasis on things like English-language proficiency, advanced degrees, and job skills, WBGH reports.

Dean Johnson said that the proposal seems intended partly as a means of lowering the total number of immigrants and changing the demographics of the immigrant population to include fewer Chinese and Mexicans. The plan could backfire, Dean Johnson said.

“I think if you limit overall migration, while focusing on people with PhDs, for example, what you’ll do is you’ll fuel future flows of undocumented immigrants,” Johnson 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.