May 6, 2008
Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
Book Examines the U.S.-Mexican Relationship
and Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Early
Bush-Fox Immigration Talks
Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge G. Castañeda, who
is Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American
and Caribbean Studies at New York University, will visit the
Migration Policy Institute to discuss his recent book, Ex
Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants (New Press, 2008).
The discussion, sponsored by MPI and the Inter-American Dialogue,
comes as the next U.S. president inevitably will have to confront
the question of what policies to pursue related to immigration
and specifically immigration from Mexico, since Mexicans comprise
the largest immigrant group in the United States.
In Ex-Mex, Dr.
Castañeda describes the newest
generation of immigrants from Mexico, why they've chosen to live
in the United States, where they work, and what they ultimately
hope to achieve.
Dr. Castañeda, who coined the phrase “the
whole enchilada” to describe Mexico’s insistence
on the passage of certain components as part of comprehensive
immigration reform legislation, also offers an insider's account
of the negotiations that took place between Mexico and the United
States in 2001 and 2002.
May 15, 2008, 4:30 pm – 6 pm (reception follows)
Conference Room (Third Floor), 1400 16th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C., 20036
discussion with Jorge G. Castañeda, Mexico’s
foreign minister from 2000-2003. Inter-American
Dialogue President Peter Hakim will
serve as respondent in a discussion moderated by Doris
Meissner, MPI Senior Fellow and Director of
the U.S. Immigration Policy Program.
G. Castañeda, former Mexican Foreign Minister
Hakim, President of the Inter-American Dialogue
Doris Meissner, MPI Senior Fellow and Director
of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program
Dixon, 202-266-1929 or email@example.com