UPCOMING EVENT | Beyond “Coyotes”: Current Trends in the Facilitation of Irregular Migration in Latin America

WHEN: April 5, 2018, 9-11am

WHERE: 6th Floor, Wilson Center

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For generations, the persona of the coyote, or smuggler, as facilitator of irregular migration has been a central figure in Latin American migrants’ accounts of their journeys ‘up north.’ While traditionally viewed as providing a necessary service, smugglers are increasingly depicted as violent and predatory men often operating in collusion with other illicit networks for the sole purpose of obtaining financial profits. This narrative, while compelling, often obscures the fact that migrants’ reliance on coyotes is a response to multiple factors.

This event shifts the focus away from the coyote. It sheds light on how, across Latin America, the increasingly punitive nature of immigration enforcement, shifting migration trends, and the presence of other actors—including those from other illicit markets — have altered the landscape of traditional irregular migration facilitation strategies, often to the detriment of migrants’ safety.

Join us for a discussion about current trends in smuggling and its organization, the shifting roles of migrants in the market, and the additional criminal risks many of them face as a result.  Speakers will present findings from their research in South and Central America, Mexico, and the US-Mexico border:

Welcome and Moderator: 

Eric L. Olson, Senior Adviser, Mexico Institute; Deputy Director, Latin American Program Wilson Center

Presenters

Victoria Stone Cadena: “Coyoterismo in the Americas: the myths of mobility”
Associate Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Gabriella Sanchez: “Care, protection and support during smuggling journeys in the Central America-Mexico -US Mexico border migration corridor” 
Research Fellow, Migration Policy Centre, The Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Sheldon Zhang: “Migrant Smuggling and its convergence with other illicit markets along the US Mexico Border” 
Chair and Professor, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Commentator

Dr. Louise Shelley
Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair; Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Policy and Government,  George Mason University

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Earl Anthony Wayne discusses U.S.-Mexico Relations on C-SPAN Washington Journal

2/4/2018 C-SPAN Washington Journal

Earl Anthony Wayne, Mexico Institute Fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, talked about the state of U.S.-Mexico relations amid disputes over immigration and trade.

 

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A Battle Over a U.S. Brewery in Mexicali

1/29/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

A major U.S. beer manufacturer’s decision to build a giant production plant in Baja California’s desert capital has been cause for much celebration in Gov. Francisco Vega de Lamadrid’s administration. But not everybody is applauding.

Constellation Brands, maker of Modelo and Corona beers, finds itself in the crossfire of a bitter dispute. On one side are government officials who are vowing to see the project through; on the other, opponents determined to shut it down, saying the plant will use a large amount of water that should go to local farmers.

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Government Waives Reviews for Border Wall in California

09/12/2017 New York Times 

Border fenceSAN DIEGO — The Trump administration on Tuesday waived environmental laws and other reviews to replace a small stretch of border wall in Calexico, California, the second time it has exercised that authority in less than two months.

Critics said the move was an overreach and a threat to the environment.

The waiver extends 3 miles (5 kilometers) west from the downtown border crossing in the city of 40,000 people, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

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What we know about nearly 800,000 ‘dreamers’ in the U.S.

09/06/2017 The Washington PostMap_of_Central_America

President Trump’s decision to wind down legal protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children will affect hundreds of thousands of people.

About 788,000 applicants to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been approved for two-year work permits since DACA began in the summer of 2012, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Commentary | Why renegotiating NAFTA will expand economic growth

7/27/2017 The San Diego Union-Tribune

By Earl Anthony Wayne, Global Fellow & Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute

NAFTA 2.0 is a big opportunity for San Diego and the entire U.S.-Mexico border region. With a good “modernization” of the 1993 treaty, the U.S.-Mexico border can expand economic growth and continue to be one of the most dynamic regions in North America. Elected officials and business groups from the border region should organize to weigh in regularly with the government negotiating teams and elected representatives in the months ahead to assure a good outcome.

Voices from the border cities and states must be well organized to have their voices heard in Washington and in Mexico City. Happily, San Diego and Tijuana are hosting mayors from throughout the region for the Border Mayors Association Binational Summit this week. This is an important opportunity for mayors to pursue a shared agenda.

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Fourth Annual “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” Conference

A truck of the Mexican company Olympics bearing Mexican and U.S. flags approaches the border crossing into the U.S., in LaredoWHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Wilson Center

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The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance are pleased to invite you to our fourth annual high-level “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference, which will focus on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. Specific emphasis will be put on a cooperative bilateral framework, border and transportation infrastructure, binational economic development, and the need for efforts that simultaneously support security and efficiency in border management.

      

Confirmed Speakers*

Governor Doug Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona

Senator John Cornyn, Texas Majority Whip and Charmain, Subcomittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness

Commissioner (Acting) Kevin McAleenan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Congressman Henry Cuellar, (TX- 28)

Alan Bersin, Global Fellow, Wilson Center & Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Russell Jones, Chairman, Border Trade Alliance

Michael C. Camuñez, President & CEO, ManattJones Global Strategies & Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Carlos Marin, CEO, Ambiotec Group, Board Member, United Brownsville

Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute

Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute

* A detailed agenda and additional speakers will be added 

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