Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

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

Mon, October 10, 2011 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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-Welcoming and Opening Remarks and Introductions (Professors Bryan Roberts, Nestor Rodriguez, and Charle Hale)

10:15-11:15AM—Timothy J. Dunn, “Blockading the Border: Impacts and Responses in a Local Community"


11:30 AM-12:30 PM—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 PM—Jennifer Correa, "The Secure Fence Act: Constructing the Border Fence and Community Reactions”

2:30-2:45 PM—Break

2:45-3:45 PM—David Spener, “Coyotaje: Clandestine Crossings at the Texas-Mexico Border”

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz at 512.232.2415 or

Sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies and the Mexican Center with support from the Department of Sociology, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the Population Research Center, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in United States-Mexico Relations.

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