Mr. Bersin will address the status of border security and migration in 2018 as these reflect new trends over the past five years on the Southwest Border with Mexico, from San Diego to Brownsville Texas. He will focus upon recent developments in these policy areas during the Trump Administration and the impacts these have had on the U.S./Mexico bilateral relationship, the politics of immigration reform, and the future of North America.
About our Speaker
During his government service at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2009 to 2017, Bersin served as Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer; as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and as Assistant Secretary and Special Representative for Border Affairs. Between 2012 and 2015, Bersin served as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee. Prior to his DHS experience, Bersin served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California for nearly five years, during which time he was the Attorney General’s Southwest Border Representative responsible for coordinating federal law enforcement on the border from South Texas to Southern California.
Since leaving public service in January 2017, Alan Bersin has served at the global law firm of Covington & Burling as a Senior Advisor to the firm; as an Inaugural Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C. Bersin serves on the Board of Directors of the Seguritech Group based in Mexico City and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Seguritech North America based in Washington D.C. Seguritech, founded 18 years ago, is among the North American leaders in the integration of innovative security technologies. Bersin is also a founder and the Chairman of the BorderWorks Advisory consulting firm.
He received his A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College from where he was selected as a member of the All-Ivy, All-New England and All-East Football Teams and was inducted in 1995 into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame. From 1969 to 1971, Mr. Bersin attended Balliol College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1974, he received his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School.
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