Beyond the U.S.-Mexico Border Buildup:
Security, Migrants and Immigration Reform
Location: UC San Diego, Institute of the Americas Complex, Weaver Center
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Open to: Public
Speaker: Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Policy, WOLA
Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate for Mexico and Central America, WOLA
Rene Zenteno, Professor, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Immigration reform promises to be a big topic in Washington in 2013. But reform opponents say they won't give ground until the "dangerous" U.S.-Mexico border has been "secured." They call for more fences, Border Patrol officers, and even soldiers, drones and spies.
This alarmist rhetoric hides a fact that few in Washington see: the U.S.-Mexico border zone is safer than it has been in decades, cross-border migration has fallen sharply, and our policies have often put migrants at great risk. A further buildup would do little more than endanger those who still attempt to cross into the United States.
Join Maureen Meyer and Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, whose 2012 report "Beyond the Border Buildup" documents the incredible growth in the U.S. security apparatus, and the humanitarian crisis of migrants, at the border. Isacson and Meyer have carried out research in six different border zones since 2011, including a November survey of south Texas, and are involved in the fast-moving debate in Washington. They will be joined by René Zenteno, a professor at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana, Mexico and former Undersecretary for Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at Mexico's Secretary of Interior. Recent studies by Dr. Zenteno in the Mexican Migration Monitor analyze trends in Mexican migration, including an increase in unauthorized Mexican migration in 2012.
Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Washington D.C.
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Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate for Mexico and Central America, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Washington D.C.
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Rene Zenteno, Professor, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
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Event co-sponsored with the Center on Emerging Pacific Economies (EmPac) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)