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5 People Who Bring Mexico and the U.S. Closer Together

AQ’s Top 5 Border Ambassadors include a U.S. congressman, a Los Angeles Dodger, and DC’s top Mexican chef.
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This article is adapted from AQ's special issue on the U.S.-Mexico relationship. To receive AQ at home, subscribe here. | Leer en español

Whether in sports, politics, food or the arts, the U.S. and Mexico have enriched one another in countless ways.

That’s why AQ has selected its Top 5 Border Ambassadors to highlight those who excel in bringing the two countries closer together. Each honoree does this in their own way: U.S.-Mexico Foundation CEO Rebeca Vargas helps hundreds of DREAMers connect with their roots back in Mexico. Alfredo Corchado brings to life the reality of the border as a writer and reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Our list also includes chef and food writer Pati Jinich, El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ first-baseman Adrián González.

The personal stories and professional achievements of this AQ Top 5 are a visible testament to the good things that happen when the U.S.-Mexico relationship is allowed to flourish.

 


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AQ Top 5 Border Ambassadors: Beto O'Rourke

The Democratic Party congressman representing El Paso has made it his mission to show other Americans what the border is really like.
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AQ Top 5 Border Ambassadors: Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich has prepared a Cinco de Mayo meal at the White House, published two cookbooks and hosted five seasons of her popular cooking show, Pati’s Mexican Table. Sharing her love for food is her way of contributing to Mexico and the U.S.
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AQ Top 5 Border Ambassadors: Adrián González

For Adrián González, baseball began at the border. Born in San Diego, raised in Tijuana, and now the first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he grew up playing Little League in both countries.
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AQ Top 5 Border Ambassadors: Rebeca Vargas

For over a decade, Rebeca Vargas, president and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF), has worked tirelessly to bring Mexican communities on both sides of the border closer together.
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AQ Top 5 Border Ambassadors: Alfredo Corchado

Born in Mexico and raised in the U.S., Alfredo Corchado picked crops in California’s San Joaquin Valley as a kid. Now, he writes about the reality that connects the two countries he calls home.
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