Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Settlement and Immigration Enforcement in the Nuevo South

CLLAS Faculty Event


View the video for this CLLAS Research Series Faculty presentation by John Arroyo (School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management), here.

Over the past 20 years, Mexican communities have bypassed historic, urban ethnic enclaves to settle in and physically transform suburban areas of U.S. South. Nowhere is this spatial “Latinization” phenomenon more acute than in small towns such as those in Gwinnett County (metropolitan Atlanta), one of the foremost frontiers of new immigrant destinations in America. Coinciding with the growth of predominantly undocumented Mexican immigrants in these regions have been popular state and county-level immigration policies —all of which have use explicit language to position states like Georgia to be a national pioneer of hyper immigration surveillance and a regional enforcement model for neighboring metropolitan areas. The culmination of these adverse effects has required Mexican residents to create covert, built environments. Findings from this research analyze the key reactionary anti-immigrant federalism policies that influence how Mexican immigrants reshape culturally-specific land use in suburban Atlanta. 

John Arroyo, PhD, AICP is an Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities and director of the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice at the University of Oregon. Previously, he was an The Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latino Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. As a scholar and practitioner of urban planning and migration studies, Arroyo’s applied research and teaching agendas focus on inclusive urbanism. He is particularly interested in the social, political, and cultural dimensions of immigrant-centered built environments and neighborhood change in underrepresented communities. He received a doctorate in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design as well as a Master’s in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from MIT. He is a governor-appointed member of the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation and serves on the boards of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities and the Public Humanities Network.

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Monday, April 12th, 2021 Events, Public Policy, Uncategorized No Comments

Mapping the promises and perils of distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic: Peru’s case

Article co-written by CLLAS Director Gabriela Martínez and Keya Saxena

On March 16th 2020, the government of Peru ordered its borders closed due to COVID-19, along with a series of other decrees, such as instructing people to stay at home, impositing curfews, and requiring the use of masks or protective face shields. These decrees brought the country to a grinding halt. The government deployed the army and police to patrol streets, making sure people complied with the orders. The pandemic reached Peru as summer was winding down and students getting ready to return to school. However, as COVID-19 raged like wildfire across the world in the early months of 2020, schools in the northern hemisphere shut down to discourage the spread of the infection. In the southern hemisphere most governments, including Peru’s, ordered that schools, about to open, remain closed….


To read more, please FOLLOW THIS LINK to find this piece on Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 Uncategorized No Comments

2021 CLLAS Symposium

April 22, 2021
3:00 pmto6:00 pm
April 23, 2021
10:00 amto6:30 pm

Languages on the Move: Linguistic Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Politics in the Americas

April 22, 2021 – April 23, 2021

For complete information, follow this link:


How To Attend

All panels, presentations, and performances will be remote. To join the CLLAS email list and receive Zoom login information, please email us at cllas@uoregon.edu or subscribe here.

This symposium falls directly within our theme of inquiry with focus on linguistic diaspora, indigenous languages, other forms of language, and the politics of language in the Americas.  

A Springfield Community Event Co-Sponsored by CLLAS

The Dolores Huerta/César Chávez Celebration 

This event features remote activities every day from César Chávez’s birthday on March 31 through April 8, two days before Dolores Huerta’s birthday on Apr. 10. 


  • Mar. 31 — Quizzes + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 1 — Cooking demonstration + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 2 — Video of student submissions + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 3 — Book read-aloud with Emilio Hernandez and Naomi Raven + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 4 — Online photo gallery + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 5 — TBA + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 6 — Guy Lee student performances + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 7 — Mariachi del Sol performance + raffle drawing
  • Apr. 8 — Dolores Huerta interview at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, check out this linked flyer and visit the The Dolores Huerta/César Chávez Celebration website! https://sites.google.com/springfield.k12.or.us/huertachavez/home


Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 Celebration, Events, Uncategorized No Comments

US Asylum Laws Must Catch up With the Reality of Today’s Refugees

Op-ed by CLLAS Executive Board Member and Founding Director, Lynn Stephen

“I am going to ask for asylum,” Maria said. The mother and her three children, hailing from Honduras, hoped to gain asylum when they arrived at the US southern border in February 2019.

“They killed my father. We went to the police and they put the person who killed him in jail. But he paid about 150,000 Honduran lempira ($6,250) and they let him out. Then they came to threaten me and my brother with death because we went to the police. That is why I left.

Also, because my husband beat our kids and me all the time, and we are so poor.”

Two years later, on February 2, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order seeking to attack the root causes of Central American refugees fleeing, extend asylum programs and resettlement capacity in the region, and review all the policies Donald Trump’s administration put into place to eliminate access to asylum.

This is an opportunity to fundamentally rethink asylum.


To read more, please find this piece on the Globe Post.

Thursday, February 18th, 2021 Uncategorized No Comments



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