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David FitzGerald, PhD Biography

Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“We argue that the United States and Mexico should include the following principles and features in their immigration policies: A path to legalization and eventual citizenship should be opened for the vast majority of the estimated 11.2 million unauthorized migrants in the United States, beginning with the 1 million unauthorized children. A
clean criminal record, at least one year of residence, and payment of a modest fine for adjustment of status are legitimate requirements. However, requiring unauthorized migrants to physically leave the United States and then reenter legally serves no pragmatic purpose and will create
unnecessary expenses and depress participation among migrants otherwise eligible to legalize their status…”

Cowritten with Rafael Alarcon, “Migration: Policies and Politics,” Mexico and the United States, Eds. Peter H. Smith and Andrew Selee, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California at San Diego, (UCSD), 2009-present
  • Theodore E. Gildred Chair in US-Mexican Relations, UCSD, 2009-present
  • Professor of Sociology, UCSD, 2006-present
  • Visiting Professor, University of Paris-VII, Mar.-Apr. 2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CCIS and Center for US-Mexican Studies, UCSD, Sep. 2005-July 2007
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Social Movement Studies, Universidad de Guadalajara, May 2003-Sep. 2004
  • Visiting Researcher, Center for Anthropological Studies, El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico, July-Aug. 1999
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 2005
  • MA, Sociology, UCLA, 2001
  • MA, Latin American Studies, UCSD, 2000
  • BA, Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1995
  • Twitter handle: @FitzGeraldUCSD
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