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'Securing the Border: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Central American Migration to the United States': Eric Olson Testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Eric L. Olson

Securing the Border: Understanding and Addressing the Root Causes of Central American Migration to the United States

Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, joins a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on examining and addressing the root causes behind Central American migration to the United States.

To watch the webcast go here. Olson's testimony is available for download below.

Witnesses

Panel I

William Kandel
Analyst in Immigration Policy
Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress

The Honorable  Roger F. Noriega
Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
and Former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

The Honorable  Adolfo A. Franco
Former Assistant Administrator for Latin America and Caribbean
at the U.S. Agency for Interanational Development

Eric L. Olson
Associate Director
Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Panel II

The Honorable  Alan D. Bersin
Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer
Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Francisco Palmieri
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Lieutenant General  Kenneth E. Tovo, USA
Military Deputy Commander
U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Department of Defense

About the Author

Eric L. Olson

Eric L. Olson

Global Fellow,
Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more