In 1997, I witnessed what I thought was the beginning of a new era of Texas and United States relations with Mexico, a strengthening partnership that was expected to result in cultural and economic benefits to both nations.

I, along with four other opinion writers from around the state, had been invited to coffee with Gov. George W. Bush, and it happened on the same day the governor was receiving Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Jose Angel Gurria Trevino.

Before our official meeting with Bush, we talked to him and Gurria about increased trade between Texas and Mexico and the southern neighbor’s political shift toward what Gurria called a “deepening of democracy.

via Bob Ray Sanders: Opportunity ripe for renewed relations with Mexico –