By: Arturo Valenzuela, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

The last time I visited Tijuana was in 1994 when I was traveling with then Vice President Al Gore to attend the groundbreaking of a water treatment plant on the U.S. side of the border that protects the region’s water resources.  At that time, I was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with primary responsibility for U.S. policy toward Mexico.  As we were busy implementing what was then a new trade agreement, NAFTA, I made frequent trips to the border region and learned to appreciate the deep ties between our two countries…