Legislator asks Mexico to reimburse the state for public services illegal immigrants get.

 It is unheard of, or at least rare, that a member of the Texas Legislature writes a letter to the leader of a foreign country. But Rep. Lyle Larson said Tuesday he wrote to Mexican President Felipe Calderon requesting payments for the $6 billion to $8 billion which he said Texas spends annually on medical care, education and other public services for 1.6 million immigrants living in the state illegally.

“If Mexico is unable to provide monetary compensation, we should be open to discussing other forms of payment,” the San Antonio Republican said in a press release. “Mexico could provide payment for these services by allowing U.S. companies to develop mineral rich areas of northern Mexico and collect these resources as an in-kind payment.”

Although Larson acknowledged that Mexico is not likely to reimburse the state, his request is not surprising.

In last year’s session he filed House Bill 1553, which would have required state agencies, or any person or group receiving state funding to determine and report the legal status of anyone seeking a state-funded service. The measure was killed in the House State Affairs Committee.

Glad someone is now saying it outloud.