Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

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Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Photo Essay

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"Before we can talk about co-responsibility on the border issue, we have to address responsibility. Even with the Merida Initiative, neither the U.S. nor Mexico is there yet."

--John Hoag, MPP 2013

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"Co-responsibility at the border means not only governments taking responsibility, but the people of Mexico and the United States taking responsibility at every level"

--Anya Malkov, MPP 2013

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"It is clear in speaking with the people from the Centro in Juarez that they believe that the Mexican government is truly corrupt. I had a really powerful conversation with a gentleman in El Paso. He said to me, 'Problems have been building up over decades to put Mexico in its current position with the violence, drug war, and corruption. The policies being implemented right now are trying to solve those problems in just a few years, and they are trying to do it with bullets' His words stay with me. Democracy in Mexico is being tested right now by the culture of corruption. It is affecting everything--it is affecting us."

--Alberto Gonzalez, Jr., MPP 2013

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"We've seen how poor education ties to drug use, how higher drug use feeds cartels, how cartels feed violence, and how that violence feeds migration patterns. …

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