Seminar on Border Relations Puts Spotlight on University of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz.

United States and Mexican experts are attending a seminar this week at the University of Arizona on issues facing Arizona and trends along the border, the university announced. The seminar is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and organized by the UA.

Francisco Marmolejo of the UA’s Office of Western Hemispheric Programs said the purpose was to bring together “the top researchers with the power of influence, expertise and understanding of the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“These researchers can provide one another with concrete perspectives on border initiatives that will be beneficial in the dynamic of the two countries and build collaborative efforts with one another.”

Researchers from universities in Mexico, public affairs officials from the American Consulates of Tijuana and Juarez and U.S. Embassy representatives from Mexico will be among those attending.

Meeting with them will be state government officials, immigration and customs officials, representatives from the UA Center of Excellence for Border Security, as well as business leaders and human rights activists.

“We are pleased to put together a select group of researchers that represent such a variety of regions in Mexico,” said Antonio O. Garza, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico. “The seminar is unique because the interaction among peers will contribute to a better understanding of what is happening in one of the most active borders of the world.”

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