American Enterprise Institute
Beyond Walls and Tariffs: Responding to Migration Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Gerónimo Gutiérrez, former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States; Managing Partner, Beel Infrastructure Partners
Sarah Pierce, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Andrew Selee, President, MPI
Marc A. Thiessen, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Roger F. Noriega, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States; Visiting Fellow, AEI
Illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border are at the highest level in more than a decade. President Trump has responded with increasingly dramatic steps, including threatening debilitating tariffs on Mexican exports and eliminating aid to Central America. At the same time, heightened political polarization undermines the U.S. government’s ability to adequately address the complex challenge of illegal immigration with practical policies and bipartisan legislation.
The conversation at this MPI and AEI event focuses on border security, as well as policy responses and regional cooperation on illegal immigration.