Border Security News

Latin American Program in the News: President, what did you do in your first 100 days?

Mar 21, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson comments on the first 100 days of some of the region's presidents, highlighting how they endeavored to differentiate themselves from prior administrations via innovative policies and a change in diplomatic tone (In Spanish).

Op-ed: Binational cooperation in security (In Spanish)

Mar 20, 2013
Informal collaborative methods are typical of the border region, in which citizens and local authorities must resolve daily problems by going beyond the official frameworks provided by their national governments.

Latin American Program in the News: US-Mexico gun trafficking grows

Mar 20, 2013
Latin American Program consultant, Colby Goodman, commented on a new study that has been recently published, which provides new conceptual tools for understanding the phenomenon of arms trafficking and potential approaches to stemming it.

Task Force Urges Joint U.S.-Mexico Approach to Border - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 08, 2013
“Look at the example of drugs and weapons smuggling,” Wilson says. “There are drug demand issues on the U.S. side, but there are weapons demand issues on the Mexican side, where there are also rule-of-law issues and violence. The task force sought ways to share responsibility and work together to confront these interconnected problems.”

Sequester Cuts Aid Smugglers, Border Patrol Union Says - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 07, 2013
The cuts probably won’t dramatically increase crime or significantly compromise border security, said Chris Wilson, an associate with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, a Washington-based research group. The number of Border Patrol agents has doubled in the last decade, and illegal activity along the border between the ports of entry has fallen.

Latin American Program in the News: Was Mexican Billionaire Drug Kingpin El Chapo Killed?

Mar 04, 2013
Associate Director Eric Olson remarked on speculations that Mexican billionaire Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán could have been killed in Guatemala.

Latin American Program in the News: The Reality of Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

Feb 22, 2013
Georgetown students talk about life as undocumented immigrants at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, on Feb. 21, 2013.

Police Reform in Mexico: Can Trust and Security be Achieved?

Feb 21, 2013
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced widespread changes to Mexico’s federal security forces. As these changes begin to take shape, we spoke with two of Mexico’s leading experts on police reform to discuss the current state of reform efforts and the issues that the Peña Nieto government must address.

Op-ed: Defining Border Security

Feb 13, 2013
Eric Olson and Christopher Wilson warn lawmakers against setting vague preconditions to “secure our border” before addressing immigration reform, which has sunk reform efforts in the past.

Mexico's Future Shrouded by Ongoing Drug War - Mexico Institute in the News

Feb 11, 2013
Christopher Wilson, from the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexican Institute, explains that the law, “is something that has been promoted by victim groups,” but “as written, the law could apply to a broad pool of people, and perhaps to those that have not been severely affected.”

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