A tenured professor of law at the University of Denver, César has been publishing crimmigration.com since 2009. His first book, Crimmigration Law, was published by the American Bar Association in 2015. His second book, Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, was released in December 2019 by The New Press. His current project focuses on the arbitrariness of the border between the United States and Mexico.
César’s op-eds have been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, Salon, and La Opinión. He regularly appears in news stories about immigration matters, including on MSNBC, NPR, and Univision. In 2019, he delivered a TEDx Talk, Immigration Prison Isn’t the Answer.
He has published scholarly articles in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Boston University Law Review, BYU Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, among others. From 2018 to 2020, he was a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration.
In 2014, César received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups, an honor issued to a “junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.” In 2016, he was a scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley and Texas Southern University. In 2018, he served as a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia where he was affiliated with the Institute of Criminology at the University of Ljubljana. In 2019, he was awarded the Challenging Discrimination honor by the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center. In 2020 he delivered the Buck Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture at the University of Tulsa. He is Of Counsel to García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.
Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, César is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. César’s CV contains more information about his academic work.