This is an idea that I think has some merit. Nutshell: Texas State Rep Lyle Larson has written a letter to Mexican Presidente Filipe Calderon stating that the State of Texas spends between $6b and $8billion on support services, including healthcare, for illegal immigrants in Texas. His desire is to “start a dialogue” between Texas and Mexican authorities regarding reimbursement from Mexico for these expenses.
Larson’s critics, including a labor activist named Jaime Martinez (founder of the Cesar Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation), state that this is just an advancement of Larson’s agenda, and that the illegals pay taxes in Texas, among them, sales and property tax.
To that, further in the article, it is stated that illegals pay “more than” $500 million in taxes, but cost an estimated $1.3 billion in uncompensated hospital services and $141.9 million in incarceration expenses. The hospital costs, of course, are very difficult to pin down, because hospitals either do not, or are prohibited from, collecting data on immigration status.
Looking down in the comments, it is pointed out that this would never happen in reverse – a letter would never come from the Mexican Government to a U.S. Governmental entity asking for reimbursement of support services, because Mexico does not allow any kind of illegal immigration.
What do you think? Is this a good idea? Is it just a politician “rattling his saber”? Is it time for a conversation like this with the Mexican Government? Or is it slated to go down in flames, labeled as “racist” by those who oppose it?