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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Workshop: "Contested Terrain: Undocumented Migration and Enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico Border"

Mon, October 10, 2011 • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

The contemporary period continues to witness dramatic and deadly developments at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Unauthorized migration attempts have dropped sharply in the last few years, but the actual numbers of unauthorized border crossings remain in the hundreds of thousands annually.  U.S. government responses have included doubling the size of the Border Patrol to almost twenty thousand, increasing the prosecution of migrants, and spending billions of dollars in constructing a fence/wall across hundreds of miles on the border, in addition to installing new control technology of the Secure Border Initiative. 

Researchers participating in the workshop will address the impacts of heightened border enforcement on local communities, responses of Mexican migrants to increased enforcement, local reactions to the construction of the border fence/wall, and Mexican government responses to migration-related events at the northern Mexican border.


Panel 1. New U.S. Enforcement Strategy and Perspectives from Mexico

Moderator: Nestor Rodriguez

10:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks and Introductions (Bryan Roberts, Nestor Rodriguez, and Charles Hale)

10:15–11:15  Timothy J. Dunn, Blockading the Border: Impact and Responses in a Local Community

11:15–11:30  Break

11:30–12:30  Rene Zenteno, Research and Mexican Policy Perspectives on Migration at the Mexico-United States Border

Panel 2. Barricading the Border and Clandestine Crossings
Moderator: Bryan Roberts

1:30–2:30  Jennifer Correa, The Secure Fence Act: Constructing the Border Fence and Community Relations

2:30–2:45  Break

2:45–3:45  David Spener, Coyotaje: Clandestine Crossings at the Texas-Mexico Border

Participant Bios (PDF, 70K)

Space is limited. For more information, contact Paloma Diaz at 512.232.2415.

Sponsored by: LLILAS, Mexican Center, Benson Latin American Collection, Department of Sociology, CMAS, Population Research Center, C.B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.–Mexico Relations


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