Sunday, October 26, 2008

2nd dinner 10/28 tues at Vientiane Palace on Gorham

WHAT: Im/Migration Dinner

WHERE: Vientiane Restaurant on Gorham

WHEN: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Tues, Oct 28 (we determined his date would allow for Ted's migration seminar students to come straight after class)


David Rangel, Dept of Sociology,
"The National Day of Action and Student Protest"

This paper uses Protest Event Analysis to situate The National Day of Action (The April 10th, 2006 massive nation wide immigration rally) in the context of student protest and to see if the move Walkout, which premiered on March 17, 2006, influenced the massive student protest which emerged in subsequent days. It uses a social movement prospective to understand the movement emgergence but uses Marxism, Neo-Marism, and Immigration as theoretical perspectives to understand the context which lead up and influenced the collective action.

We encourage reading/skimming the main arguments of the paper in advance.


RSVP and Obtain Paper from: David Rangel email at

State Responses to Immigration: A Database of All State Legislation

We are very pleased to release a one-of-a-kind, fully searchable online
database that tracks and catalogues 1,059 bills and resolutions introduced
by state legislators in 2007 to regulate immigrants and immigration. The
State Responses to Immigration Database allows users to search 2007
legislation by state, geographic region, subject area, bill status, and
legislative typology.

Some quick findings:

* State legislators in the 50 states introduced a total of 1,059
immigration-related bills and resolutions in 2007, of which 167 (or 16
percent) were enacted into law. The vast majority of bills proposed in
2007 either expired (33 percent) or remained pending (45 percent) at
year's end without any legislative resolution.

* Bills that regulate employment and expand state and local participation
in immigration enforcement were the most popular topics of 2007
legislation, accounting for 551 bills.

* Measures that expand the rights of immigrants were enacted at a higher
rate (19 percent of 313 bills) than measures that either contract
immigrants' rights (11 percent of 263 bills), regulate employment (10
percent of 237 bills), or relate to law enforcement (11 percent of 264

* States chose to regulate an extremely wide variety of
immigration-related subjects, ranging from measures that penalize
employers who hire unauthorized workers to legislation concerning human
trafficking, and measures that require landlords to verify prospective
tenants' immigration status.

* Bills that expand immigrant rights were the most popular type of measure
introduced in 2007 in states with the largest immigrant populations, such
as California, New York, and Texas. In contrast, bills that contract
immigrant rights were the most popular type of measure introduced in 2007
in states with the fastest-growing foreign-born population, such as South
Carolina and Nevada.

* The top three states to propose immigration measures during the year
were Texas (104 bills), New York (98), and Tennessee (83). But the top
three states that actually passed immigration legislation and saw the
bills signed into law were Hawaii (15), Texas (11), and Arizona (9).

A collaborative project between the Migration Policy Institute and a
research team at the New York University School of Law, the State
Responses to Immigration Database is designed to offer a fine-grained
picture of state legislative immigration-related activity in 2007.

Search the bills by geography, passage or failure, subject area, or an
MPI/NYU typology that determines whether the measures would contract or
expand immigrants' rights, or deal with employment or law enforcement.

To find out more, go to the State Responses to Immigration Database
select a geography, and then choose either legislative typology or a
subject to learn about trends in state immigrant-related legislation in
2007. We strongly encourage you to read about the methodology
we employed to gather and classify immigration-related legislation before
using the tool.

We have posted the 2007 legislation and will add data for 2008, in
addition to 2001-2006 data, in the coming months. This data tool is a
project of MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. It was
made possible by the generous support from Carnegie Corporation of New

Many people contributed to the development of the State Responses to
Immigration Database. We would like to thank MPI Nonresident Fellow
Cristina Rodriguez (Associate Professor of Law, NYU School of Law) and
Muzaffar Chishti (Director, Migration Policy Institute at NYU School of
Law) who supervised a wonderful research team at NYU. We are grateful to
MPI's Laureen Laglagaron, Michelle Mittelstadt, Michael Fix, Margie
McHugh, and April Siruno for great ideas and the long hours they put into
the tool. We are thankful to the MPI interns for their assistance in doing
spotchecks. Last, but not least, we owe a debt of gratitude to our tech
team, Ethan Andrews and DJ LaChapelle of HiFrontier, who made this tool an
online reality.

We look forward to hearing your feedback.

On behalf of the MPI Data Hub team, thank you.

Jeanne Batalova, Data Manager

Voter Attitudes

With the 2008 elections less than two weeks away, we thought you would be
interested in this overview of Hispanic voter attitudes by Mark Hugo Lopez
and Susan Minushkin of the Pew Hispanic Center:

The articles notes that

* Some 65 percent of Latino registered voters said they identify with or
lean toward the Democratic Party, compared with just 26 percent who
identify with or lean toward the Republican Party.

* Among Hispanic registered voters, 94 percent said they plan to vote in
this year's presidential election.

* In 2004, 47 percent of Latino eligible voters reported having voted in
the presidential election, compared with 60 percent of black eligible
voters and 67 percent of white eligible voters.

For state-by-state information on foreign-born citizen voters, please see
MPI's election profiles:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Critical Perspectives on Hmong Scholarship and Experiences

The Asian American Studies Program presents its 2008-2009 Speakers Series

Critical Perspectives on Hmong Scholarship and Experiences
The focus of the speaker series is to provide a platform for scholars, community leaders, and artists from, and working with, the Hmong community to share their work with the UW-Madison campus and the Madison Hmong community.

Please join us Friday, October 3, 2008 from 2-4 pm in welcoming Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, Assistant Professor of History, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Location: To Be Announced

Please save the following dates for upcoming colloquium events:
October 31, 2008, 2-4 pm
November 21, 2008, 2-4 pm
December 12, 2008, 2-4 pm


Leena Neng Her
Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall 2008 First Migration Dinner

WHAT: First Migration Meeting/Dinner

LOCATION: Vientiane Palace Restaurant
151 W Gorham St
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-2848

WHEN: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Monday, Sept 29, 2008.

Please RSVP

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

List demographics

The Wisconsin Migration Research Group now has 60 subscribers. In Fall 2006, around the time it was formed, there were under 10 subscribers.

A brief skim of the subscribers indicates that at least 9 are faculty (mostly at Wisconsin), many are sociology graduate students. Most of the new requests to be email subscribers are students from Prof. Susan Friedman's seminar on "migration and diaspora" (thanks for circulating the email, Susan!).

Many subscribers have now moved on beyond the borders of Wisconsin to places like New Jersey, San Francisco, parts of Spain, Colorado, Berkeley, and a few current Steering Committee members are on dissertation fellowships to collect data in Turkey and South Korea. There's now a "diaspora" of members, or so to speak.


We'll announce a date for the first dinner gathering, location/date/time to be announced shortly. It will take place in the last week of September.

Meanwhile, everyone who has contacted Mytoan to be subscribed as of today has been added to the list. :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Grad talk: Transnational migrants and refugees

This is with the SECD brownbag that meets every Friday (not the migration group, though many attendees are also subscribed to the migration group email list)

Sociology of Economic Change and Development Research Seminar:

Presenter: Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Dept of Sociology, UW Madison

“Transnational migrants and refugees. A comparative study of Saharaui and Moroccan transnational practices in Spain”

8108 Sewell Social Science Building
Fri, 9/16

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Fall 2008 Welcome Back to the Wisconsin Migration Research Group

A few of the active participants from the last academic year are away doing international fieldwork (good for them!), but I know there's a handful of new graduates in town who want to be involved in a group that discusses and reads migration/immigrant related research.

1) VOLUNTEERS TO PRESENT? Who wants to present an in-progress paper or research proposal this semester? This is terribly self-interested of me to mention, but I know that I would benefit tremendously from having a chance to talk through some preliminary ideas for projects.

2) STEERING COMMITTEE? Who would be interested in serving on the AY 2008-2009 steering committee? We need to secure a pipeline of new leadership as the old crew is stepping back for others to get more involved. Being on the steering committee is a very low-demand responsibility (it can include volunteering your living room to host meetings, initiating meetings, bringing new members on board, or updating the blog or facebook group, and being the list moderator who adds/deletes email subscribers).

3) BLOG CONTRIBUTORS? Who else would like to be invited to be a blog contributor? Visit I haven't updated it in a while, but there's plenty of opportunities to have a "virtual" presence with the group.

4) FIRST MEETING DATE? We should have one some time in September. Please send a list of preferred times/days of the week (e.g., late afternoons, Fridays; early evenings, Tuesdays, etc.; we can be family friendly!)

Please feel free to share this email with others who aren't currently subscribed to the group's email list.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Poetry Reading: Immigration and Memory - Juan Felipe Herrera

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Center for the Humanities <>
Date: Apr 7, 2008 11:55 AM
Subject: Juan Felipe Herrera Humanities NOW Workshop: Immigration and
Memory, April 9, 3pm

The UW-Madison Arts Institute and the Center for the Humanities are
pleased to welcome Juan Felipe Herrera to Madison, April 7-11.

Since Juan Felipe Herrera began writing poetry, plays, and children's
books, his work has been devoted to the politics and identity issues
of immigration in the Latin@ and Chican@ communities. He is best known
for his immensely popular books Super Cilantro Girl/La superniña del
cilantro and Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in
1997. He is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and
activist who draws from real life experiences as well as years of
education to inform his work. His most recent book of poetry, from
which he will perform on April 10, is 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't
Cross the Border.

As part of Herrera's residency he will be leading a workshop on
Immigration and Memory.

Wednesday, April 9, 3 pm
Humanities NOW Forum: "Immigration and Memory"
6191 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the UW-Madison Arts Institute and Center for the
Humanities in partnership with the departments of English,
Communication Arts, Spanish and Portuguese, Theater and Drama, Library
and Information Studies, and the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program,
LACIS (Latin American Caribbean and Iberian Studies), and the Madison
Metropolitan School District.

For more information, contact: Kate Hewson, (608) 263-9290,,or

Monday, January 7, 2008

Migration Group - Spring 2008

Dear Wisconsin Migration Research Group,

This was a very productive and successful past semester due to the participation of so many of you who have been a "virtual" and "in-person" participant of the research group.

  • We hosted delicious dinners where presenters got to share their in-progress work with a small, intimate group of mostly graduate students in the Social Sciences and Humanities at UW Madison. Thank you to Steering Committee Member Hae Yeon, Dept of Sociology, for hosting these lovely dinners in her beautiful apartment.
  • We have a total of 55 subscribers to the listserve: majority of whom are graduate students (one undergraduate), faculty, and staff at Madison join our listserve and several colleagues overseas and elsewhere.
  • We became part of a nationwide academic Immigration Network comprised of Berkeley, Harvard, UC San Diego, University of Chicago, Georgetown, and Minnesota researchers.
  • Our email group continues to circulate calls for conference papers, reports, and queries relevant to the study of migration/immigrants/public policy/race& ethnicity/methodological issues.
  • Our group currently has 15 members. Search for "Wisconsin Migration Research Group" to join -- anyone can be added.
The Spring 2008 Steering Committee is comprised of:

Hae Yeon Choo, Dept of Sociology
Susan Rottman, Dept of Anthropology
Darlyne Bautista, Southeast Asian Studies Center
Steven Alvardado, Dept of Sociology (currently away at Princeton)
Mytoan Nguyen, Dept of Sociology (currently on leave to do research abroad)
Lynet Uttal, Assoc. Prof of Human Development & Family Studies
Ted Gerber, Prof of Sociology

* Subscribed members can continue to post to:
* To get on the list, email (please allow for a few days' turnaround time to be added).

Warm Regards,

Mytoan Nguyen
Steering Committee