Let the Border Solve Its Own Problems
The Texas congressional delegation should seek an international treaty between Mexico and the United States that enables border states to enter into their own cross-border collaborative institutional arrangements to solve local policy issues. When something or someone crosses the border, it should not unavoidably become a federal matter, where the locals are shoved aside with no voice on the ultimate outcome. The treaty should permit the creation of special cross-border regions with a certain degree of autonomy—“Ameregions” that can enter into their own international agreements. Federalism should reinforce local solutions to local problems, not impede them.
Payan is a professor of political science at UT-El Paso.