International migration, whether to the United States or other countries, has become a priority issue in the modern era. It is a phenomenon largely driven by structural factors and the process of globalization.

Along with other immigration scholars, I am concerned with the respect for the rights of immigrants in the sending and receiving nations.

As an immigrant in the United States, I seek to uphold the tradition of America being a nation of immigrants.


My professional background focuses on international migration and U.S.-Mexican relations.

My academic preparation includes:

  • B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University
  • M.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Berkeley
  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley

I am currently the Chair of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC).



Like other Mexican immigrants who have come to the United States in recent decades, my family connections to the process of migration date back to the early 20th century, when the demand for Mexican labor led American employers to actively recruit workers in Central Mexico.

Thus, our present cannot be fully understood without taking into account the factors that, in the past, led to the origin and development of migration traditions.

As in the past, today’s immigrants contribute to the greatness of this nation, whether they are highly skilled professionals in the Silicon Valley, maids in the hotel industry, laborers in the packinghouses of the midwest, or farmworkers in the Central Valley.

As a founder and Chair of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), I am motivated by the passion and energy of the organizations in our region who stand up in defense of our immigrant neighbors, co-workers, employers, friends and family members. Our network colleagues and allies are setting an admirable example of inclusion.


Contemporary Immigration

Contemporary Immigration Contemporary immigration to the United States is a topic that deserves much attention from scholars, policymakers and the public at large. This blog will address various aspects of this significant topic.