UTSA's Mexico Center

UTSA and Mexico university collaborate on immigration book, forge scholarly network

As part of a partnership UTSA signed with Mexico’s Universidad Veracruzana, Mexican and American scholars have published a compilation of reports on immigration and citizenship.

The book, titled A Bilateral Perspective on Mexico-U.S. Migration, is now available.

The collaboration agreement brought together the two universities to stimulate bi-national dialogue and research-based policymaking.

Following the agreement, the UTSA Mexico Center hosted an open forum and later a scholarly meeting to discuss immigration topics.

Later, scholars with academic backgrounds in law, public affairs, history, bilingual-bicultural studies, sociology and education contributed reports for publication based on conversations from those two events.

The Mexico Center’s 2009 open forum, hosted with the UTSA International Trade Center and the San Antonio International Affairs Department, welcomed faculty members, students, immigration law practitioners, community support groups, government agencies and religious organizations. Participants offered discussion topics, which included social incorporation and economic development in both Mexico and the United States.

Discussions focused on the role of immigrants – especially women – in the workforce, how legal status affects the ability to establish a small business, workers’ visas, college access, and changes the business community would like to see in immigration reform.

The scholarly meeting in 2010 hosted scholars from several public and private universities in Mexico to meet with UTSA researchers at an academic workshop.

During the day-long session at the Mexico Center, professors from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Universidad Iberoamericana, CIESAS Noreste, the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Universidad Veracruzana, and the Benemérita Univeridad Autónoma de Puebla shared research and discussed migration-related issues.

Relationships forged between the professors attending the events following the universities’ collaboration agreement have already flourished into networks of scholars working together to address immigrant concerns and bilateral policies.