"rg Neumann"....Your cargo latch repair is most likely related. When I had my latch recall done, I pulled the Trimark unit out from under the dash so the repair guy could easily add the new plug. He did it at my house. When done, he said they typically pull the dash panel and access the Trimark unit form the top. I had already worked on it for other reasons and found that it was easier from the bottom.
The KIB unit (small black box) that operates those entry lights is behind the dash. Two weeks ago I went in and added a switch to the unit so I could turn off those entry lights when I didn't want them to come on at night.
I know this is a long explanation, but it explains why they are probably connected. As the tech reached in to access the Trimark unit for the latch repair (which typically sits under the KIB unit), he most likely pulled a wire off. It should be pretty obvious that a wire has been pulled off.
If you go back a page or so on posts, there is a post about putting a switch on those lights. In the post, "lostinfla" added a drawing of what wires attach where on that KIB unit.
Don & Mary
2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4018
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab