Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.

I just about fell out of my chair — Governor Susana Martinez supports the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.  This from the woman who came up on the Tea Party wave and was even endorsed by Sarah Palin?  Governor Martinez’s tough talk on immigration disintegrated in an instant when she was quoted this week in a Newsweek story scoffing at the idea of self-deportation and instead offering up the alternative of comprehensive reform.  After recovering from my initial shock it dawned on me, she is a political genius!  I now see what’s she’s up to and it just may work.

Up until last week the most immigrant-friendly stance that Governor Martinez had taken was rejecting the harsher components of Arizona’s SB 1070 law.  Within her first days in office Martinez issued an executive order that rescinded a policy prohibiting law enforcement from asking about a person’s immigration status for determining if a person was violating federal law.  Her earlier views on immigration could be summed up in one word, enforcement.

In her 2010 campaign Martinez made clear her opposition to amnesty and support for policies that would lead to self-deportation, though she never called it that.  Governor Martinez has fought to do away with driver’s licenses for undocumented persons because she believes they act as a magnet to the state.  Her rationale, like that of Romney’s, is that if the magnet is removed then the undocumented person is incentivized to leave.  Her tough stance on immigration didn’t even allow for an exception to be made for students, opposing tuition scholarships for undocumented kids.  (more…)