Background Information for Event: Wed, Nov 16th – “A Look at the US-Mexico Border Region"

Please join NDN/NPI on Wednesday, November 16, for a lunchtime discussion about the challenges and opportunities leaders in the US-Mexico border region are facing today. Joining us will be a terrific set of elected officials and law enforcement officials, all from the region, including:

Congressman Silvestre Reyes of El Paso, Texas
Congressman Henry Cuellar of Laredo, Texas
Police Chief Adolfo Gonzales of National City, California
Police Chief Carlos R. Maldanado of Laredo, Texas
Sheriff Lupe Trevino, of Hidalgo County, Texas

NDN is advancing the notion that through additional resources, better and smarter strategy, and greater cooperation with Mexico, our government, along with its partners along the border had made the region safer, the immigration system better, and commerce and trade between the US and Mexico more robust. While we cannot deny that much work remains to bring greater prosperity and security to the region, tremendous progress has been made, and this progress needs to be acknowledged and built upon.

This is the latest in a series of events hosted by NDN/NPI, which has included dozens of leaders from the border region and the most senior government officials in Washington.  More on our program can be found on our new web site,  We encourage you to read the following to help contextualize the issues raised at our event:

On Guns and Violence In the Border Region – More To Do by Simon Rosenberg 11/3/2001
SPEECH: Smart Effective Border Security and Immigration Enforcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano October/5/2011
SPEECH: Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy by President Barack Obama 5/10/2011
The U.S. – Mexico Border Strategy Is Working by Simon Rosenberg 3/1/2011
NDN REPORT: The Governments Border Strategy Is Working by Kristian Ramos 2/1/2011
Declaration by The Government Of The United States Of America and The Government Of The United Mexican States Concerning Twenty-First Century Border Management 5/19/2011
Arturo Sarukhan & Alan Bersin Address on a 21st Century Border 5/28/2010

Seating is limited, so please RSVP today to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 12:15pm. All of this will take place at NDN’s offices on 729 15th Street, NW on the 1st floor.