Texas State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) believes that Texas spends in the ballpark of $7 billion a year on illegal immigrants and is now saying Mexico should reimburse the state for the cost of providing health care to and even detaining undocumented immigrants from south of the border.
Rep. Larson reportedly told KSAT that while he does not expect to see a check from Mexico anytime soon, he thinks that as a repayment Mexico should let U.S. companies into northern Mexico’s mineral-rich areas to collect resources. Rep. Larson added that such a deal would benefit the economies in both Texas and Mexico.
But Larsen isn’t the only Texan perturbed with the U.S.’s relationship with Mexico. Texas officials recently wrote a letter to commissioner Edward Drusina of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, asking it to rescind its decision to release water from the Rio Grande River system to Mexico.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the commissioner for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Carlos Rubinstein wrote Drusina:
We are greatly concerned that as Texas has been stricken by extreme drought and farmers and ranchers have lost access to their water, you have chosen to forgo negotiations with Mexico and meet their call for water, to the detriment of the water resources and the interest of your constituency, the American irrigators.
Comparing the U.S. Section of the IBWC on the unresolved issues noted above to your response to Mexico’s call for water, we are gravely concerned that the 1906 Convention is being implemented in a way that discriminates against U.S. water users. We respectfully urge you to resolve these issues in a manner that restores the confidence of Texas water users in the U.S. Section of the IBWC.