Context—geographic, institutional, and otherwise—plays a determinant role in Latino immigrant integration, a new report by the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute argues. The report, Context Matters: Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement in Nine U.S. Cities, examines the local factors shaping the political patterns and practices of a key bloc of the United States' fastest-growing minority.
The Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation will be formally presented on Thursday, September 29, at the Border Governors Conference in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Yesterday’s PGR arrest of Elba Esther Gordillo on charges of embezzlement marks a bold step forward by the Pena Nieto administration to establish its authority and legitimacy in the eyes of the Mexican public, and to send a message to Mexico’s most powerful unions. The arrest comes after the successful passage of an education reform bill through Congress, earning the government plaudits from international observers, who saw it as a much-needed attack on the power of the teachers union, the SNTE, but receiving a skeptical response from many national critics who believed that the government would not follow through with implementation of the new laws.
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"This type of collaborative effort to protect migrants and limit recruitment for organized crime is an important tool," said Christopher Wilson, an associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
"It is important to note that adding more boots on the ground would do little or nothing to stem the flow of children across the border. The real solutions lie in addressing the push factors in the source countries," writes Christopher Wilson and Eric Olson.
A private, three-day retreat for top U.S. and Mexican dignitaries held at the Sunnylands Estate in March has led to new proposals to improve relations between the neighboring countries. The new Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands released those recommendations Wednesday in a report with the Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center.
The Border Research Partnership announces its 2012 Awards for U.S.-Mexico Crossborder Collaboration and Innovation. The awards will honor bi-national collaboration and innovation in public safety, transportation planning, environmental stewardship, education, health, and the arts, among other fields.