Date & Time

Wed, 07/02/2008


One of the more contentious issues we face is the question of secure international borders, and one proposed means to increase border security is through new developments in science and technology. As quickly as we see proposals to apply much of this new technology, even more sophisticated technology is under development. This forum aimed to better understand the nature of this technology and help us articulate the problems that we are attempting to solve with this technology.



Read an article by Darryn Bennett, “Ethics Center Takes on Tech“,, July 1, 2008.


Andrea Guerrero
ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Ms. Guerrero received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, her M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin, and her B.A. from Stanford University. She is currently the Field and Policy Director of the ACLU in San Diego and practiced immigration law for seven years in San Diego prior to starting with the ACLU. She is on the Executive Committee for the San Diego County Immigrant Rights Consortium (, a community leader on issues of racial justice, educational equality, and immigrants’ rights, and author of Silence at Boalt Hall: The Dismantling of Affirmative Action (UC Press 2002).

René Zenteno
UCSD Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Rene Zenteno is provost and professor of sociology and demography at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF). Prior to joining COLEF faculty, he served as Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California San Diego. He has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografia and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers since 1992, a distinction awarded only to the best national scholars. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Problems, Journal of Development Economics, Latin American Research Review, International Migration Review, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Estudios Demográficos y Urbanos, Frontera Norte, and Demos. He obtained his MA in demography from El Colegio de Mexico in 1988 and his PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chris Aldridge
NLECTC-Border Research and Technology Center

The BRTC Western Operations is a project performed by Sandia National Laboratories in collaboration with the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas (SAT) and sponsored by the USDOJ/National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Science and Technology program in support of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system. Mr. Aldridge’s activities include project operations management, presentations to groups and organizations engaged in border safety and security issues as well as technology identification, assistance and demonstration to federal, State and local law enforcement agencies and organizations along the US Border. These duties require substantial knowledge of and collaboration with other NLECTC Centers, professional law enforcement associations, educational institutions and other federal technology programs, e.g. DoD Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). This project has also required coordination of NIJ’s Biometric Technologies Working Group. For examples of efforts supported through the BRTC, see Mr. Aldridge has held expert consultant, investigative and professional staff positions in the Executive (Department of Commerce) and Legislative (House of Representatives Armed Services Committee; House Committee on Government Operations) branches of government.