Jorge I. Dominguez holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University. He has authored and published several books and research papers on Latin American politics and economics. One of Jorge I. Dominguez’ publications is a research paper on US-Mexican relations and efforts to cope with domestic and international crises.
The US-Mexico relationship is multifaceted and complex, shaped by various domestic and international factors. In recent years, both countries have been grappling with several crises that have significantly impacted their bilateral relationship. Drugs and immigration issues continue to be significant challenges for the US and Mexico.
Cartels operating in Mexico are fueling the problem by manufacturing and smuggling large quantities of drugs, particularly fentanyl and methamphetamine, into the US, causing a surge in overdose deaths. The US government is working to increase cooperation with Mexico to combat these cartels, but the breakdown in trust between the two countries’ law enforcement agencies is hindering progress.
Immigration is another significant issue affecting US-Mexican relations. The strict immigration policies of the US, such as building a border wall and enforcing “zero tolerance,” have made tensions rise between the two countries and damaged the relationship between citizens of both nations, with many Mexicans viewing the US with mistrust and hostility.
Despite the challenges, the US and Mexico have collaborated to find solutions. The two governments have joined forces to combat the opioid crisis by enhancing law enforcement cooperation and reducing drug demand. Additionally, they have been tackling the underlying issues that drive migration, such as poverty and violence in Central America, through economic development and aid initiatives.