Angela S. García

Angela S. García

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

School of Social Service Administration

García studies the consequences of socio-legal inclusion and exclusion for undocumented immigrants in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. Focusing on subnational (state and local) immigration laws and executive administrative action, she charts how immigrants’ everyday lives, incorporation, and well-being are shaped by the legal contexts in which they reside.   Her work on the lives of undocumented immigrants in restrictive destinations was cited in a 2015 amicus brief filed by states in support of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) executive actions.

Angela S. García, PhD is a sociologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration.  Her research interests include international migration, law and society, race and ethnicity, urban sociology, social policy, and mixed and comparative methods.  García studies the consequences of socio-legal inclusion and exclusion for undocumented immigrants in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. Focusing on subnational (state and local) immigration laws and executive administrative action, she charts how immigrants’ everyday lives, incorporation, and well-being are shaped by the legal contexts in which they reside.

García’s book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law (University of California Press 2019), comparatively analyzes the incorporation effects of accommodating and restrictive local immigration laws from the perspective of undocumented Mexicans, the primary targets of these measures in the U.S.  Her work on the lives of undocumented immigrants in restrictive destinations was cited in a 2015 amicus brief filed by states in support of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) executive actions.

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