[Video] U.S.-Mexico Migration Agenda

Mexico Institute Senior Advisor and Wilson Center Executive Vice President, Andrew Selee is the guest for part four of the series, “Charting a New Course.” In this episode we focus on the migration agenda and related issues and policies between the U.S. and Mexico. Immigration issues have loomed large in U.S. politics for some time now, but how much is really understood about migration patterns between the North American neighbors?  Selee sheds much needed light on an issue too often the subject of heat in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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New Publication | A New Migration Agenda Between the United States and Mexico

By Andrew Selee

migration-policy-coverToday, the number of Mexicans crossing the border illegally has dropped to a 40-year low, and there are almost certainly more Mexican immigrants leaving the United States than arriving. A majority of the immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are now Central Americans, and the U.S. and Mexican governments have been working closely to find ways to limit this flow and keep people from making the dangerous journey north. Perhaps most surprisingly, the number of Americans in Mexico has been growing rapidly, reaching somewhere around a million people, almost as large a group of U.S. citizens as live in all of the countries of the European Union combined.

The United States and Mexico each have interests in protecting their sovereignty and enforcing their immigration laws, but they will also need to work together to address Central American immigration, ensure robust growth in Mexico that keeps migration from starting up again, and protecting their own citizens living in the other country.

A New Migration Agenda Between the United States and Mexico,” was written by Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute. In this policy brief, Selee reviews existing cooperation between the United States and Mexico on migration and provides policy recommendations for a more nuanced and balanced migration agenda.

This policy brief is the third of our series “Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations.” The policy briefs will be released individually and published as a volume in the spring of 2017.

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After Second Escape, Mexican Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Recaptured

1/9/2016 NPR

In Mexico, the world’s most wanted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested yesterday. NPR’s Carrie Kahn describes his capture. Wilson Center Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Andrew Selee joined NPR.

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The Senate Has Delayed Confirming an Ambassador to Mexico. America Needs One Now.

11/5/2015 The National Interest

By Duncan Wood and Andrew Selee, Wilson Center

mexican-flag1The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has been without an ambassador since July. It’s not all that unusual for an embassy to be vacant for a few months, but then again, this is not a usual relationship. Not only is this one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world, but it is the hub for managing one of our country’s most complex and important relationships, and one that has tangible value for millions of Americans in their daily life.

To begin with, Mexico and the United States trade over a half-trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services a year, or more than a million dollars a minute, only slightly behind Canada and China as America’s third-largest commercial relationship. What’s more, Mexico is the United States’ second-biggest export market, ahead of China, and people in twenty-seven states—from Texas and Arizona to Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, and even New Hampshire—depend on Mexico as the first or second destination for exports produced in their state. Around six million U.S. jobs are closely tied to exports to Mexico.

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Greater cultural exchange and new understanding between countries

06/05/15 Andrew Selee/ Zocalo

In a spectacular glass-paneledfolk art - community building high above Tijuana, Javier Plascencia and his associates mix an assortment of locally grown avocados, beans, corn, and chilis and turn them into creative concoctions that dazzle the eye and the palate at the same time. He is at the forefront of a new culinary movement that has taken Tijuana by storm, gradually transforming the image of a gritty city once known more for its low-end bars, painted donkeys, and gunfights in the streets. Today, tourists from Southern California are more likely to visit the city to sample one of its innovative restaurants, its craft breweries, or the locally grown wines from the Guadalupe Valley just south of Tijuana than to spend the night dancing and drinking in a bar.

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Obama taps longtime diplomat to become ambassador to Mexico

6/3/15  The Dallas Morning News

President Barack Obama on Mmexico-usa-flag-montageonday nominated a longtime diplomat to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, a key ally with a long, complex history

Roberta S. Jacobson’s nomination must get through the Republican-led Senate, which could prove to be a challenge. If confirmed, Jacobson would become the first female U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

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Una utopía mexicana

2/9/2015 La Silla Rota

By Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President of the Wilson Center and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

A Mexican UtopiaEn un nuevo libro publicado por el Centro Wilson, Luis Rubio argumenta que México necesita de un estadista que está dispuesto a ceder poderes informales en aras de hacer funcionar el gobierno como debe de ser.  En el libro Una Utopía Mexicana: El Estado de Derecho es Posible  argumenta que el presidente mexicano en turno goza de amplios poderes informales sobre los gobernadores, legisladores y el sistema judicial, pero que carece de un Estado que funcione bien o que tenga instituciones capaces de llevar a cabo sus funciones y sus proyectos.

Frente a esta contradicción, un presidente poderoso con un Estado deficiente, Rubio propone un trueque interesante: Que el presidente que de veras quiere gobernar bien y con efectividad se dedique a construir un Estado de derecho que limita sus poderes informales, pero amplía las funciones formales del Estado. Sería un cambio de discreción por funcionalidad, de margen de maniobra por capacidad de gobernar.

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