LPPI experts are on the frontlines of social science research informing immigration law and policy. LPPI’s renowned experts on immigrant rights, DACA, and the implications of state-led immigration policies and practices include Dr. Leisy Abrego, Associate Professor at the Cesar Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies, Dr. Amada Armenta, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Dr. Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Otto Santa Ana, Professor at the Cesar Chávez Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies.

Featured Immigrant Rights Research & Projects

LPPI experts, Dr. Leisy Abrego and Dr. Cecilia Menjivar, authored an amicus brief in the consolidated DACA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court along with a dozen other prominent empirical scholars who study DACA and its effects. The brief draws upon amici’s original research to challenge the Trump Administration’s cancellation of DACA. Click here to read the brief.

The President’s Intent, analyzed over 300 speeches and 6000 tweets of Trump from July 2015 to September 2017, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Trump’s story about immigrants boils down to just one narrative. It is a complete fiction, a dystopic view of a nation under siege. Click here to read the report by LPPI expert, Dr. Otto Santa Ana.

We Are – 25 Years Beyond Prop 187 – is a campaign to remind us that we must come together now, to stand for equality, stand for immigrant rights, and above all, stand for each other. Click here to learn more about We are California.

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