Gustavo Lopez

Master of Public Policy Candidate, University of California-San Diego
Chapter Member: San Diego SSN

About Gustavo

Lopez's research focuses on migration policy and demographic trends. Lopez has done work on discrimination of Mexican immigrants in the U.S., and has written about immigrant integration. Lopez is a student researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego.


Continuing Support for Migrant Shelters in San Diego

  • Savitri Elizabeth Arvey
  • Jenny Aldrich

In the News

Research discussed by Gaby Del Valle, in "The Trump Administration Dumped Thousands of Migrants — Including Kids — on the Streets with No Support," VICE News, November 5, 2019.


"The Release of Families Seeking Asylum across the U.S. Southwest Border," (with Savitri Elizabeth Arvey and Jenny Aldrich), School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California-San Diego, October 2019.

Provides a snapshot of the shift from safe to quick release along the southern border from October 2018 to June 2019, compiling fieldwork, in-person and phone interviews with representatives from civil society and religious organizations, lawyers, and journalists on both sides of the border. Documents the policy change as well as the state and local responses.

"Online Migration Campaigns: Promises, Pitfalls and the Need for Better Evaluations" Migration Policy in Practice 9, no. 3 (September 2019): 20-25.

Discusses the weaknesses of existing impact evaluations of online migration campaigns, particularly those aiming to raise awareness about the risks of irregular migration. Shows that there are many key structural challenges that make traditional impact evaluations over the Internet difficult to conduct.

"Mexican Immigrants Face Threats to Civil Liberties and Increased Social Hostility," (with David S. FitzGerald and Angela Y. McClean), Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California-San Diego, February 28, 2019.

Catalogues evidence of discrimination and civil rights abuses against Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. from 2009 to 2016.