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On March 16, the Latin America Initiative at Brookings and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) co-hosted a two-panel discussion titled, “A complex reality: Security, trade, and the U.S.-Mexico border.” The event explored how new policies for the U.S.-Mexico border can balance the benefits of a continued rise of legal travel and trade with the simultaneous need for Mexico and the United States to work collaboratively to improve border security.

AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth and Harold Trinkunas, Brookings senior fellow and director of the Latin America Initiative, each moderated one of the two panels that were followed by a discussion between Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Brookings Senior Fellow Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s former ambassador to the United States.

Trinkunas opened the event by welcoming Farnsworth and U.S. Representatives from Texas Will Hurd (R) and Beto O’Rourke (D). The three discussed the important trade relationship between the United States and Mexico and the economic impact of border communities—with over $1.5 billion in goods crossing the border every day supporting millions of jobs. Congressmen Hurd and O’Rourke offered their assessment of the U.S.-Mexico border and the need for region-specific and fact-based solutions. Both were troubled by the political rhetoric focusing on border issues and noted that, in many border areas, two cities on either side of the border share a common community—more like one…

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