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Read BIMI Affiliate Noah Allison's Medium Staff Recommended article in Immigration, "Street Food, Spatial Struggles, and Citizenship." A synthesized snapshot from a dissertation chapter, his research highlight explores the struggle for space among street vendors in Queens, New York, and the politics of citizenship in these multiethnic neighborhoods.
BIMI Affiliate and Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop member Johanna Schenner examines the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the Agricultural Worker Program Act's impact on migrant labor. In her words, "Stakeholders have recognized the need to thwart these ramifications for California agriculture, to remain competitive. To this end, two bills — the 2019 Agricultural Worker Program Act (AWPA) and the 2019 Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA) — have been proposed, both applicable at the federal level. While these two legal attempts are laudable, the question remains: do they actually achieve — easing an increasingly more significant labor shortage — what they set out to? In short, the answer is no."
BIMI Affiliate and Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Michelle Phillips, pens an article detailing her fieldwork in Taiwan and Hong Kong to research migrant live-in domestic workers and analyze mechanisms of abuse. Her story explores the fine line between "objective" observation and active participation as she intervenes in moments of exploitation and abuse by various domestic workers' employers. Moreover, she details the close friendships she developed with the women and, as a result, the rich stories of honesty and humanity from such a vulnerable population.
In their opinion article, BIMI Affiliate Alein Y. Haro, MPH, reflects on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold DACA in the context of COVID-19 and the reliance on undocumented worker's labor.
An undergraduate student at UC Berkeley shares their experience attending the 2019 UC Undocumented Student Summit at UCLA.