The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies is hosting a workshop titled "Contested Terrain: Undocumented Migration and Enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico Border."
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.
The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, The Center for Mexican American Studies, The Population Research Center and the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in United States-Mexico Relation.