Academics and practitioners came together on April 17, 2015 for the Colloquium on Border Security. The opening speaker was Mexican Consul General Jose Antonio Zabalgoitia. Representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Security, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Coast Guard shared their professional perspectives on securing the borders, which begins far from U.S. physical borders.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Elyse Golob, Executive Director of the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration, provided a detailed overview of border security and immigration issues and described ongoing development of robotic airport screening capabilities.
The Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Americas Regional Center explained the importance to our national security of transnational security threats, and Dr. Rob Guerette and Dr. Brittany Gilmer, of FIU’s Criminal Justice Department, provided fascinating reviews of kidnapping in Colombia and of piracy and terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
Last but not least, three FIU students brought perspectives on assimilation of Mexicans and Cubans in the U.S., Brazilian border security and a study on mass migration from Latin America. Some 80 people attended the Colloquium during the day-long event.