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To the Editor:

Re “My Year as a Trump Ambassador,” by Roberta S. Jacobson (Sunday Review, Oct. 21):

We should all be grateful to Ambassador Jacobson, a former and most recent United States ambassador to Mexico, for her compelling revelation about the difficulties and vulnerabilities she experienced as an American diplomat abroad in the Trump era, particularly as she tried to support and defend American interests in Mexico.

These include Nafta’s final year of existence (as we know it) and the continuing opioid crisis, whose viable solution depends, in large part, on collaboration with Mexico in efforts to eliminate cross-border illegal drug networks.

We should also learn from Ms. Jacobson’s profound belief in the United States-Mexico relationship, whose mutually hard-earned trust in each other is at risk of being dismantled.

The need to continue nurturing, not destroying, the trust between the United States and Mexico should capture the attention of all Americans, especially in the new Congress — that is, if we still care about a viable and robust North American region for the new generations.

Alejandro Lugo
Las Cruces, N.M.
The writer has taught United States-Mexico border studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, among other universities.


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