When Walls Become Bridges: Trade & Migration Along the Texas-Mexico Border

Location: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies Collections, 2300 Red River St., Room SRH 1.208

From the construction of a new border wall to the renegotiation of NAFTA, the US-Mexico border is the focus of many possible changes under the new US administration as well as increased tension between the US and one of Texas’ biggest trading partners – Mexico. In order to broaden perspectives on these topics, Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera is sponsoring a bi-national forum on April 27, 2017, to discuss how the future of trade under the new administration might impact citizens working on both sides of the border as well as assessing the relationship between trade and the flux of internal migration along the highly politicized southern border of the U.S.

Moderator & Speakers include:

Julia Quiñonez – Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

Atanacio Martinez Luis – Comité Fronterizo de Obrer@s, Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Laura Carlsen – Americas Program, Center for International Policy, Mexico D.F.

Elvia Rosales Arriola – Women on the Border, Austin, Texas

Bob Cash – Texas Fair Trade Coalition, Austin, Texas

Alonzo René Mendoza – United We Dream, Austin, Texas

Juan Belman – University Leadership Initiative, Austin, Texas


Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, Gender and Sexuality Center, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections