Founded in 2009 by five universities from Mexico and the United States (Universidad de Monterrey, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Rice University, The University of Arizona), the Puentes Consortium provides a distinctive voice for the bi-national community of scholars who carry out multidisciplinary research on issues relevant to security at the Mexico-US border. In 2009-2010, Puentes explored key issues pertinent to bi-national dialogue about the US-Mexico border, including the environment, public safety, culture, drugs and arms trafficking, and immigration policy. The Puentes Symposium of 2010 was keynoted by the then US Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Alan Bersin, and his counterpart in Mexico's government, Undersecretary of the Interior, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, and the 2011 symposium welcomed Mayor John Cook of El Paso. More than 20 scholars, as well as leaders in government, law enforcement, and private business participated in this intimate yet far-reaching conversation about key issues related to US-Mexico border security.
See Puentes funded papers by BORDERS researchers: