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Book Launch: "Living Illegal, The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration"

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and Mexico Institute hosted the launch of:

Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration

By Marie Friedman Marquardt, Timothy J. Steigenga, Philip Williams, and Manuel Vásquez

With Panelists:

Timothy J. Steigenga, Professor of political science and chair of the social sciences and humanities, Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University

New Laws Needed to Fight Terror

Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy. Requiring immediate treatment by Congress and the administration: the looming cyber-security threat, separating foreign and domestic intelligence functions, the prison at Guantanamo, and the legal controversy surrounding targeted killings of citizens.

The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change

Organized crime in Latin America is undergoing constant and substantial changes, positioning itself as a relevant strategic actor in the hemisphere, reconfiguring geographic borders, penetrating political and social structures, playing a significant role in the economy, and threatening progress in building the state and strengthening democratic systems. Although its manifestations differ from place to place, organized crime is present in every country in the region and has become one of the biggest challenges governments face.  

Mexico Institute in the News: Despite Calls for Fencing-In the Border, U.S. Sticks with Surveillance and Comms on Southwest Borders

Defense News, March 22, 2012

Mexico Institute in the News: How Mexico Creates American Jobs

March 21, 2012, Wall Street Journal

Mexico has recently been thought of more as a supplier of drugs than of jobs, but as the United States prepares to receive Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Washington on April 2, it is time to reconsider our southern neighbor. After all, Mexico and Canada, not China and Great Britain, are the nation's top export markets, and six million Americans already have jobs that depend on U.S.-Mexico trade...

Fighting Transnational Organized Crime

General Douglas M. Fraser, USAF Commander of the United States Southern Command discussed international efforts to tackle the complex challenge of organized crime and restore citizen security in Central and South America.

Introductory remarks were made by The Hon. Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center.


Mexico Institute in the News: A New Strategy on the Border

March 13, 2012, Homeland Security Today

When US Border Patrol agents go about their duties along the Southwest border this year they won’t just be seeking illegal aliens, stopping transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and enforcing American law. They will be implementing a new strategy along the roughly 2,000 miles of US-Mexico border...

Mexico Institute: February Highlights

The Mexico Institute, February 2012

Each month, the Mexico Institute will review and highlight the month’s activities and feature them here. Visitors will be able to watch the recap from our most recent events, browse our new publications, and read articles that feature key media appearances of the Mexico Institute staff. We hope you will find this review useful and informative. Enjoy!

Mexico ‘Critically Important’ to US Economy

At a recent event, the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute introduced a new publication, Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico. The ensuing discussion focused on two economies joined at the hip and how enhanced cooperation could result in much-needed job creation. That's an outcome that would be welcomed on both sides of the border. To further explore the economic ties that bind the two North American neighbors, we spoke with former United States Trade Representative, Carla Hills, and Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan.