In this first installment of the "Border Views" video series, Anthropology Professor Cecilia Balli discusses the forces that have brought immigration, violence and enforcement issues to a head this year.
Balli studies the sexual murder of women in Ciudad Juárez, the construction of a border fence and the Mexican anti-drug campaign. She is an award-winning journalist with Texas Monthly magazine and is working on a book about the border fence in the Rio Grande Valley.
Watch two more videos with Professor Balli from the first installment of "Border Views":
- Video 2: Balli discusses how the U.S. and Mexican governments are united -- but also divided -- over immigration and border enforcement.
- Video 3: Balli discusses the new models of Mexican manhood and how they contribute to violence.
About the video series
As Americans continue to debate immigration reform, border enforcement and Arizona's recent legislation, experts from The University of Texas at Austin are offering their viewpoints on these issues through a series of online videos.
Each week, "Border Views" will showcase a different faculty member discussing such topics as the history of illegal immigration, the pros and cons of the Arizona law, the unusual political alliances that have developed around this debate and the media's role in covering it.
Visit the "Border Views" main page for a complete lineup of our experts' videos.