REI Colloquium: Tom Wong

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm
119 Moses Hall (Harris Room)
UC Berkeley

Event contact: Christian Hosam, chosam [at]

Tom Wong is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant "illegality." As these issues have far-reaching implications, his work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity. His first book, Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control, analyzes the immigration control policies of twenty-five Western immigrant-receiving democracies (Stanford University Press, 2015). In analyzing over 30,000 roll call votes on immigration-related legislation in Congress since 2005, his second book, The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity (Oxford University Press, 2017), represents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States. 
Abstract: The Trump administration has remade U.S. immigration policy, which includes tightening federal interior immigration enforcement efforts. But against the backdrop of tightened interior immigration enforcement, many states and localities have pushed back by enacting new sanctuary policies or have doubled down on existing ones. This crisis of immigration federalism raises several important questions. How does tightened interior immigration enforcement affect the day-to-day behaviors of undocumented immigrants? How does tightened interior immigration enforcement affect the trust that undocumented immigrants have in local law enforcement? When federal, state, and local policies differ when it comes to local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, does this diminish the confidence that undocumented immigrants have in sanctuary policies? I answer these questions across three survey experiments conducted on a probability-based sample of undocumented immigrants.