09 January 2017

Last December, the Strauss Center funded three MSI Policy Research Project students' visit to El Paso, Texas to participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border led by Joint Task Force North (JTFN). These students had the opportunity to hear directly from Customs Border Patrol (CBP) leadership how CBP aims to foster commerce and enforce regulations on the flow of people and goods. 


As part of their activities, students attended an information session with JTFN officials, who emphasized that the three main threats facing the border region are drug trafficking organizations, people smugglers, and foreign terrorists, as well as the convergence of these threats. While in El Paso, these MSI students were also able to interview journalist Angela Kocherga, who has covered the southwest border and interior of Mexico on-air and online for more than 25 years. This field trip, briefings, and interview will help students as they work on their final reports for the Strauss-sponsored "Cartel Violence in Mexico" course at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.