The U.S., Mexico and Migration: Time for Cooperation, Not Coercion
About The Event
Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza has spent years at the leading edge of the United States’ vital relationship with Mexico. Along with deep historic and cultural ties, Mexico is the 2nd largest market for U.S. exports, the 3rd largest source of U.S. imports and, with the recent signing of U.S.M.C.A, Mexican trade with the both U.S. and Texas will likely continue to rise.
In the last 10 years, more Mexicans have left the U.S. than immigrated to the U.S., but Mexico remains the number one country origin of immigrants living in the U.S. And our border with Mexico is still the primary point of entry for thousands of immigrants, especially from Central America, and the multi-billion dollar drug trade and its related violence.
Ambassador Garza will address how the U.S.-Mexico relationship has evolved over the years and discuss how domestic politics in both countries are often shaped by complicated issues, such: as populism, migration, trade agreements and the border’s role in the volatile exchange of drugs heading north and guns and dollars heading south.
About The Speaker
Ambassador Antonio Garza is a lawyer who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. In recognition of his work, Mexico bestowed to him the “Águila Azteca” in 2009, the highest award granted to foreigners. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Garza served as Secretary of the State of Texas from January 1995 to November 1997 and was also chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission.