We Don’t Know How Secure Our Border Is

January 30, 2015

1/27/2015 National Journal

Border - MexicoRep. Michael McCaul’s Secure Our Borders First Act will be voted on in the House next week, and it requires the Homeland Security Department to construct 400 miles of new roads and more than 100 miles of new border fences. It deploys new technology such as a biometric exit system at ports of entry and directs more air power to track migrants. It also requires DHS to disclose more data on how safe the border is.

But as the House risks putting divisions within its own ranks on display and goes head-to-head with the Obama administration, it’s worth asking: How secure are the 2,000 miles that stretch from California to Texas today to begin with?

There’s only one problem — nobody can tell you.

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Upcoming Event! Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

January 28, 2015

Border - Roadsign pointing between Nogales, mexico and TucsonWHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

*A live webcast will be available.

Throughout 2014, our coalition of organizations held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums in order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness. The effort involved the partnership of several organizations—the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Council of State Governments West (CSG West), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership, several members of the Congressional Border Caucus, and USAID-Mexico—and took us to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of the report drawn from this effort, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

Speakers include*:

  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, Council of State Governments-West
  • Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID

*Agenda is tentative. 

To RSVP, click here.


UPCOMING EVENT! Report Launch: The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

January 26, 2015

Border - Roadsign pointing between Nogales, mexico and TucsonWHEN: Tuesday, February 3rd, 9:00am-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

Throughout 2014, our coalition of organizations held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums in order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness. The effort involved the partnership of several organizations—the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Council of State Governments West (CSG West), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Mexico Institute, the North American Research Partnership, several members of the Congressional Border Caucus, and USAID-Mexico—and took us to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to the launch of the report drawn from this effort, The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition. This report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.

To RSVP, click here.

To learn more about the event, click here. A live webcast will be available here.

Speakers include*:

  • Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Representative Henry Cuellar, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Juan Vargas, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, Council of State Governments-West
  • Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • Erik Lee, Executive Director, North American Research Partnership
  • Elizabeth Hogan, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, USAID

*Speaker list is tentative. Additional speakers will be added to the program. 


The meth-toting drone that crashed in Tijuana

January 22, 2015

1/22/15 Washington Post 

AP Photo/Secretaria de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Tijuana

AP Photo/Secretaria de Seguridad Pública Municipal de Tijuana

A drug-toting drone has crashed into a supermarket parking lot in Mexico, a couple of miles from the U.S. border. Authorities said the remote-controlled drone was toting more than six pounds of methamphetamine when it crashed Tuesday night in Tijuana, near the San Ysidro Border Crossing and about 15 miles from San Diego. Six meth packets were strapped to the aircraft with plastic webbing and black tape, police said. Tijuana police told U-T San Diego it was likely carrying the loot between neighborhoods — not across the border. However, it wouldn’t be the first time drug smugglers got creative.

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US-Mexico Economic Talks are Key to Cross-Border Prosperity

January 8, 2015

1/6/2015 CNBC

202857618_223d565208_zOn both sides of the 2,000 mile border we share with Mexico, our people and our businesses are working together to create jobs, economic opportunity, and prosperity. The interests we share with our neighbor to the south, our third largest trading partner in the world, are not just about border security and immigration. We are also focused on how we can grow the $1.5 billion in goods and services that already move between our countries each day, do more business together, and strengthen our collective competitiveness.

As the United States welcomes Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to Washington this week, the importance of our commercial relationship with Mexico will take center stage during the second meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

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What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

January 5, 2015

12/27/2014 

By Andrew Selee

mexico-usa-flag-montageOn January 6, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama will meet at the White House in Washington to go over several points on the bilateral agenda.  It’s the third visit that Pena Nieto makes to the United States, but his first to Washington, and it follows on two visits that Obama has made to Mexico for presidential discussions.

Both Presidents are facing difficult moments in their domestic agendas.  Pena Nieto for reasons that are well-known, and Obama because he faces the inauguration of a Republican Congress on the same day.  Yet there are at least four issues on the agenda between the Presidents that are critical for both countries.

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Texas to draw down guard troops on border in early 2015: official

November 20, 2014

11/19/14 Reuters 

Border fence by couchlearnerTexas plans to begin winding down its deployment of state National Guard troops to the border with Mexico around March or April of next year, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst told reporters on Wednesday. State leaders on Tuesday requested $86.1 million in spending from Dec. 1 through August for the border deployment that includes up to 1,000 National Guard troops. Dewhurst said at a news conference at the capitol in Austin that while the National Guard presence is being drawn down, there would be an enhanced presence of Department of Public Safety officers along the border, the Austin American-Statesman reported. “The surge is working,” Dewhurst, a Republican, said.

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