Thursday, March 12, 2015

Editorial: The Texas-Mexico relationship needs a reboot

Texas' relationship with Mexico is more challenging now than it has been in years. Anti-immigration rhetoric has grown increasingly coarse, and Texas has National Guard troops along the border. Politically, the relationship often resembles a marriage on the rocks.

There is too much at stake for Texas and Mexico to go their separate ways. But words matter, and warning signs of fraying are everywhere, noted Dallas Morning News reporters Alfredo Corchado and Robert T. Garrett in a recent front-page story. The danger is that the more Texas is viewed as unwelcoming, the more the state stands to lose politically and economically. Gov. Greg Abbott and new Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler should do as much as they can to dial back the tension.

These aren't just the impressions of this newspaper. They're being echoed on both sides of the border. While the economic relationship remains strong, José Octavio Tripp, the Mexican consul general in Dallas, says that "politically, it's becoming more distant every day." State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, references anti-immigrant sentiment that chased Mexican investment out of California in the 1990s and warns that it could happen in Texas, too.

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