09 February 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.

Six LBJ School students: Josh Meuth-Alldredge, Lissette Almanza, Esther Cisneros, Michelle Rueda, Jessi Stafford, and Eduardo Velazquez, visited the FM4 migrant shelter in Guadalajara with Director Leutert. While there, the students met with migrants and assisted shelter staff in various logistical duties such as cooking meals and providing clothing to migrants.

In Ciudad Juárez, Aleksej Demjanski, Catherine Ezzell, Jacob Hofstetter, Paul Kuhne, Carolina Miranda Icazbalceta, Sofia Morales, Garrett Shuffield, and Takasha Smith of the LBJ School toured the U.S./Mexico border with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and interviewed an array of border security, diplomacy, and immigration experts, including representatives from the U.S. Consulate, Mexico’s National Immigration Institute, and the Policía Federal.

Please visit the main Mexico Security Initiative page here for more on the program's past activities and future objectives.



After meeting the representatives from the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Jaurez


 After meeting Chief Victor Manjarrez at the University of Texas El Paso


Outside the National Migration Institute's offices in Ciudad Juárez


The Guadalajara Group