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Shared Border, Shared Future: A Blueprint to Regulate US-Mexico Labor Mobility


Carlos Gutierrez
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and former US Secretary of Commerce

Doris Meissner
Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute and former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service

Michael Clemens
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Research Fellow, IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor


Rajesh Mirchandani
Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development

Mexico and the United States have lacked a bilateral agreement to regulate cross-border labor mobility since 1965. Since that time, unlawful migration from Mexico to the U.S. has exploded. Almost half of the 11.7 million Mexican-born individuals living in the U.S. do not have legal authorization. This vast black market in labor has harmed both countries. These two neighboring countries, with an indisputably shared destiny, can come together to work out a better way.

The time has come for a lasting, innovative, and cooperative solution. To address this challenge, the Center for Global Development assembled a group of leaders from both countries and with diverse political affiliations—from backgrounds in national security, labor unions, law, economics, business, and diplomacy—to recommend how to move forward.

The result is a new blueprint for a bilateral agreement that is designed to end unlawful migration, promote the interests of U.S. and Mexican workers, and uphold the rule of law. It is designed for the reality and the needs of the 21st century.

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