Since 2015, the idea of a border wall between the United States and Mexico has been a major point of political discussion provoking outrage, support, and skepticism. But what are the actual policy implications of a wall? The US/Mexico border has multiple dimensions of policy issues at stake: The region is home to several fragile ecosystems and more than 100 threatened and endangered species; It is home to the Tohono O’odham Nation which straddles the international border with members in both countries; It has a rich shared social and economic history of families and businesses that stretches back for centuries; It is also the site of the global human tragedy of refugees which has become a flashpoint for political debate. This wide-ranging class will cover all of these topics, looking at the history and policy implications of the proposed border wall, as well as political debate surrounding it.
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Oct 26-28 & Nov 30-Dec 2, Fri 5-9p, Sat/Sun 9a-5p