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Sandra Portocarrero

US Universities: A New Site for Immigrant Struggles?

by Sandra Portocarrero and Francisco García

On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, changing US immigration policy to allow roughly 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive a renewable two-year administrative relief from deportation. DACA also extended work permit eligibility to these young undocumented immigrants, and provided greater access to higher education...

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Copper, Water, and Land: Mining in Piedra Alta, Peru

by Sandra Portocarrero

In recent years, the Peruvian economy has made significant progress, with dynamic rates of GDP growth and low inflation and debt, while maintaining stable exchange rates. According to the International Monetary Fund, Peru is a rising star, as an emerging market noted for its strong growth and low vulnerability. But, when and why do the rural poor become politically active in a country with outstanding macroeconomic indicators? Peru has the...

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