Border Issues

Our latest publications on the state of security, trade, competitiveness and economic well-being along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Issues in this Series

Mexico’s Southern Border Strategy: Programa Frontera Sur

Christopher Wilson and Pedro Valenzuela
The most common adjective used to describe Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala and Belize is probably ‘porous.’ The large volume of Central American migrants, including many families and unaccompanied minors, crossing the border on their way north to the United States suggests as much. In response to these challenges, and also in an effort to facilitate the legal flow of commerce, tourism and guest workers, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto launched the Programa Frontera Sur (Southern Border Program) on July 7, 2014.

U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014

Christopher Wilson
The Mexico Institute is pleased to partner with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus, and the North American Research Partnership on the “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014.” This initiative brings together key business, government and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on four crossborder regions.

The State of the Border Report

Erik Lee, Christopher Wilson, Francisco Lara-Valencia, Carlos de la Parra, Rick Van Schoik, Kristofer Patron-Soberano, Eric L. Olson, and Andrew Selee
As the debate over immigration reform has brought the management of the U.S.-Mexico border back into the spotlight, this report provides a comprehensive look at the state of affairs in the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and competitiveness, security, sustainability, and quality of life. The report suggests that rather than consider each issue individually, the interdependent nature of topics like trade and security demand the border be approached from a more holistic perspective.

The State of Security in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Eric L. Olson and Erik Lee
"The State of Security in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region," is a new working paper by the Border Research Partnership, and will be a chapter in the forthcoming "State of the Border Report." This working paper looks at some of the many security concerns along the U.S. border, among them global terrorism, spillover violence from Mexico, and undocumented immigration.

The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee
More than a billion dollars of goods are traded across the US-Mexico border each day. With so much commerce, efficient and secure border management is essential to promote the competitiveness of the US and Mexico. This report identifies strategies to meet this challenge.

Our Shared Border: Success Stories in U.S.-Mexico Collaboration

Robert Donnelly
Our Shared Border highlights twelve success stories of cross-border collaboration and innovation between Mexico and the United Sates, offering a counter-narrative to frequent media portrayals of violence and poverty in the border region.

The Role of Media in the Consolidation of Democracy

Latin American Program Special Report, February 2005

Writing Beyond Boundaries

Published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005

You and Us: The Dynamics of Mexico-U.S. Relations

US-Mexico Policy Bulletin: February 2005

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