We are used to understanding migration as the physical movement of people from one place to another. But we live in a world of borders.
The Trump administration promises to strengthen the border between the US and Mexico, but what if Mexico turned away from American dependency to international independence? An investment in a new institution that inverts free trade infrastructure to make a university-airport hybrid would position Mexico as a significant international trade partner. Situated in Nuevo Laredo, the institution would link trucking route 35 with the train line and an international airport, combining it with a university and broadcast center. As a hybrid of these different movements, it monumentalizes the intersection of people, goods, and ideas, producing a new type of cosmopolitanism.