Lecture: "Not a National Security Crisis: The U.S. - Mexico Border in the Trump Era"


Monday, March 5, 2018


6:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium

Bio: Adam Isacson works on defense and security, including border security, at the Washington Office on Latin America. Though much of his work is Washington-based advocacy, since 2011 he has paid 15 research visits to the U.S. - Mexico border and 3 to the Mexico - Guatemala border.

Description: The prevailing rhetoric from Washington misreads what’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border. The border is safer than it has been in half a century. Instead of a national security crisis, the border faces an urgent humanitarian crisis. But the Trump administration is proposing national-security measures: wall construction and the hiring of 15,000 new Border Patrol and ICE agents. Adam Isacson’s presentation will discuss the mismatch between these proposals and real concerns at the border, from asylum-seekers to drug smuggling. He’ll update about how the U.S. Congress is taking up these proposals and what needs to change in order to address the border’s urgent humanitarian needs.

Beth Mccormick

Political Science Department