Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

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Central American Migration Discussed by MSI Director in Foreign Affairs Article

26 Nov 2018

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration Disconnect, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

Director of Strauss’ Mexico Security Initiative Discusses Border Security

13 Nov 2018

In her recent Lawfare article, The Invisible Caravans, the Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, describes the reality of the migrant caravan making its way towards the United States. She begins with the fact that the caravan makes up only 10% of the total people who will seek asylum in the United States in…

Brumley Student Profile: Courtney Broderick Explores Mexico/U.S. Immigration & Security Policy

16 Oct 2018

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.

MSI Director Analyzes the Relationship Between Crime and Migration

25 Sep 2018

In a recent article for the New York Times, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, tells the story of crime and migration. Leutert explains, contrary to the claims made in today’s political rhetoric, that the majority of Central American migrants who make it to the U.S.-Mexico border are “not perpetrators but rather victims…

Director of Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Weighs in on Border Migration Debate

10 Jul 2018

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.

Director of Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Weighs in on Border Migration Debate

10 Jul 2018

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.

Mexico Security Initiative Students Present PRP Reports in Mexico City

10 May 2018

On Friday, April 27, 2018, four LBJ School of Public Affairs students — Garrett Shuffield, Michelle Rueda, Carolina Miranda Icazbalceta, and Josh Meuth Alldredge — traveled to Mexico City to present their Beyond the Border policy research project class findings to clients Sin Fronteras and Mexico’s Federal Police.

Mexico Security Initiative Students Visit Guadalajara & Ciudad Juárez

23 Feb 2018

Recently, students in the Policy Research Project class “Beyond the Border: Policy Responses for Central American Migration,” led by MSI Director Stephanie Leutert, traveled to Guadalajara and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to further their understanding of the issues surrounding Central American migration through Mexico.

Stephanie Leutert Addresses Border Wall Dilemma

20 Feb 2018

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative (MSI), was recently quoted in a Texas Tribune article on border dynamics in the Rio Grande Valley. The prospect of border wall construction poses new and complicated challenges for controlling drug and human smuggling, but it alone will not stop transnational criminal activity. Drug and human smugglers, according…

New MSI Report: Migrant Smuggling Along Mexico’s Highway System

27 Nov 2017

In a recent report from the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative (MSI), authors Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, MSI Graduate Research Assistant, examines migrants’ growing reliance on “invisible forms of transportation.”

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