UCLA faculty experts: Immigration

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. UCLA has experts who can comment on how immigrants affect the economy, labor markets, immigration and citizenship law, Chicano and Latino political movements, deportation and detention and U.S.-Mexico relations. Click an expert's name to find a more detailed biography and contact information.

Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda is a regularly cited expert on immigration and immigrants in the United States. He has written and spoken widely on a variety of immigration-related subjects, including trade, investment and migration between the United States, Mexico and Latin America and the labor market for Latinos in the United States.

Hiroshi Motomura is an expert on immigration and citizenship law. He has written extensively on the subject, served as co-counsel on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress.

Otto Santa Ana is a sociolinguist who studies how language constructs social hierarchies, particularly regarding Latino communities. He is the co-editor of the 2012 anthology "Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media and Provincial Politics," which focused on Arizona's immigration politics.

David Hernández has studied the history of the detention of immigrants in the United States and how increases in such detentions are linked to the growth of racial inequality and xenophobia. He also researches international migration and Chicano and Latino politics and social movements.

Abel Valenzuela is a regularly cited expert on immigration issues and day laborers. His he has written and spoken widely on the impact of immigration in urban neighborhoods and the experiences of minority groups in the labor market.

Alvaro Huerta is a frequently published writer on immigration. Huerta's focus has been to reframe the immigration debate around the personal stories of individuals. His book, “Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm," which examines immigration and the discourse surrounding the topic, was published in 2013.

Victor Narro is an expert on the workplace rights of immigrant workers. A former labor organizer, Narro taught a UCLA course on the United Farm Workers movement. Narro speaks Spanish.