Mexico: Getting to Know the Neighbors

Mexico: Getting to Know the Neighbors

Ray Suarez travels to Mexico City to explore Mexican attitudes toward America, and the key issues linking our countries, including immigration, free trade and the war on drugs. We also look back at the history of US-Mexico relations, from the raids of Pancho Villa to the signing of NAFTA, and at the controversial Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Guests on this program include:

  • John Coatsworth, professor of Latin American Affairs at Harvard University.
  • Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), architect of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
  • Congressman Romano Mazzoli (D-KY) architect of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
  • George Grayson, professor of government at The College of William and Mary
  • Luis Rubio, director general of the Center for Research and Development in Mexico City
Segment 1

Ray Suarez travels to Mexico City to hear firsthand how our southern neighbors view their relationship with the United States.

Segment 2

Garrick Utley narrates an archival audio tour of the history of the Mexican-American relationship, from the Alamo to NAFTA.

Segment 3

Steve Roberts looks back at the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the last major attempt to reform US immigration policy.

Segment 4

Ray Suarez moderates a discussion about the future of Mexico's relationship with the United States.