Shared Compromise - Future US-Mexican Border Security Initiatives   [open pdf - 444KB]

From the thesis abstract: "Following the passing of the unilateral Secure Fence Act of 2006 and the continuous increase of violence in the southwest border region, the U.S. and Mexican populaces highlight the lack of success and question what concrete initiatives the United States and Mexico can undertake to continue to improve the security of the border region. This paper compares the Southwest Border Initiative and the future Merida Initiative (Beyond Merida) as available options to improve border security and subsequently U.S.-Mexico relations. The paper thus illustrates the aims, cost and impact of the three major imperatives encompassed by the Southwest Borders Initiative to illustrate its applicability to current and future border security. After identifying the best future option, the author provides recommendations as the U.S. administration plans for and initiates future southwest border initiatives. Finally, the paper draws conclusions concerning options to posit that the Southwest Borders Initiative will deliver the best long-term results."

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