Mexico Initiative

The United States and Mexico share a 2,000-mile border that, to date, has been one of the most peaceful and successful border relationships in the world. Recent negative rhetoric ignores the deep connections between Mexico and the United States and reflects a worldview inconsistent with the reality experienced in Southern California.

As part of North America, the United States and Mexico share deep cultural, linguistic, and often familial ties, plus common domestic and foreign policy priorities such as energy security, the environment, and public health. There is an urgent need for civil society to step up and promote continued U.S.-Mexico collaboration. In this spirit, the Pacific Council seeks to take an approach to Mexico that reflects our geography, identity, and appreciation for the long-term international policy interests of the United States.

The Mexico Initiative seeks to provide a distinctly West Coast perspective where our ties with Mexico are a part of daily life. Our initiative is educational in order to increase understanding of these realities, and also an effort in public diplomacy, seeking to maintain close ties and cooperation between Southern California and partners in Mexico, regardless of the dialogue at the national level. Under the auspices of the Mexico Initiative, chaired by the Honorable Michael C. Camuñez, the Pacific Council holds events, produces analysis and commentary, and fosters exchange with Mexican leaders.

First 100 Days Memo on U.S.-Mexico Policy

The Pacific Council is developing a "First 100 Days Memo on U.S.-Mexico Policy" to be distributed to the incoming Biden administration. The memo will outline policy recommendations on trade, immigration, and diplomacy, as well as how President-elect Joe Biden can strengthen the bilateral relationship from the outset of the next term. Scroll down to the Features section to learn more, or visit the First 100 Days Memo webpage.

Events & Activities


First 100 Days Memo on U.S.-Mexico Policy
Exploring Immigration Policy at the El Paso-Juárez Border

Michael C. Camuñez

President & CEO, Monarch Global Strategies LLC

Patrick C. Schaefer

Senior Vice President of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, LA Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Selee

President, Migration Policy Institute; and former Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Luis Rubio

President, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)

Abraham F. Lowenthal

Professor Emeritus, USC & President Emeritus, Pacific Council on International Policy

Frida P. Glucoft

Partner and Immigration Law Chair, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
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