80R11776 CLE-F
  By: Gallego H.C.R. No. 164
         WHEREAS, In 1962, Pub. L. No. 87-525 authorized the
  construction of an international bridge across the Rio Grande to
  join Heath Canyon in Texas with the village of La Linda, Coahuila,
  Mexico, for the purpose of transporting refined ore into the United
  States from nearby mills in Mexico and to one day facilitate the
  movement of tourists interested in visiting the Sierra del Carmen
  mountain areas across from Big Bend National Park; and
         WHEREAS, Since the bridge was constructed, the Texas
  Department of Transportation has, without interruption, maintained
  Farm-to-Market Road 2627 as a paved two-lane highway for a 28-mile
  stretch connecting the bridge to United States Highway 385, which
  leads from that junction southward to Big Bend National Park and
  northward 40 miles to Marathon and United States Highway 90; and
         WHEREAS, La Linda Bridge, also known as the Hallie Stillwell
  Memorial Bridge, is still in place and is in good repair but cannot
  be crossed by vehicles or pedestrians because of barriers and the
  placement of "no trespassing" signs at the bridge since 1997
  pursuant to orders issued by the governments of the United States of
  America and the Republic of Mexico; and
         WHEREAS, The La Linda international crossing is the only
  bridge structure in place and the only point of entry authorized by
  public law between the United States ports of entry at Presidio and
  Del Rio, a distance of 385 miles; and
         WHEREAS, The principal owner of the United States section of
  the international bridge at La Linda, the National Parks
  Conservation Association, is prepared to donate its interest in the
  bridge and associated properties to the State of Texas through the
  General Land Office so that the bridge may be reopened and operated
  as a legal border crossing; and
         WHEREAS, The tourism industries serving scenic and
  recreational areas joined by this bridge, including the Big Bend
  mountains of Texas and the Sierra del Carmen mountains of Northwest
  Coahuila, wish to promote, accommodate, and economically benefit
  from cross-border tourism but are unable to implement those
  objectives if the La Linda crossing is not functioning; and
         WHEREAS, The safety of tourists wishing to enjoy the area,
  the binational scientific cooperation called for under existing
  international agreements, and the security and public safety of
  communities and citizens on both sides of the international border
  would be enhanced by a functioning border crossing at La Linda; and
         WHEREAS, The State of Coahuila and the commissioners court of
  Brewster County, respectively represented by the Instituto de
  Turismo and the Big Bend Border Council and joined by a coalition of
  local residents and the Big Bend National Park Superintendent, have
  twice requested that the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings
  working group, which is convened semiannually by the United States
  Department of State and the Mexican Secretaria de Relaciones
  Exteriores, take the necessary actions to have the bridge and
  border crossing at La Linda reopened by the United States and
  Mexican federal governments; and
         WHEREAS, The working group, composed of United States and
  Mexican federal authorities responsible for authorizing
  international ports of entry and required inspections along the
  international boundary, will convene again in the coming months to
  consider action on either reopening the bridge at La Linda or
  ordering its removal; and
         WHEREAS, It is in the economic, cultural, and security
  interests of the State of Texas and the homeland security interest
  of the United States of America to have a functioning
  border-crossing station under the management and control of trained
  and equipped law enforcement and public safety officials in the
  extensive area known as the Big Bend; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby express its support and encouragement for the reopening of
  the bridge and border crossing at La Linda to accommodate trade and
  tourism between Texas and Coahuila, Mexico, and to better protect
  residents of both countries and secure the protection of our nation
  from threats that might be associated with the illegal crossing of
  individuals or materials with a lethal intent; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the legislature hereby urge the General Land
  Office to proceed expeditiously with the due diligence needed to
  make a determination regarding acceptance of an ownership interest
  in La Linda Bridge by the State of Texas; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the legislature hereby urge that the governor,
  the Texas Department of Transportation, the secretary of state, the
  Department of Public Safety, the Parks and Wildlife Department, the
  Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office, the Texas Historical
  Commission, and other appropriate state agencies render
  encouragement and assistance to the General Land Office as it
  proceeds in this matter and render encouragement and assistance as
  well to Brewster County and to private and public advocates for
  tourism in the Big Bend in their efforts to develop a regional
  tourism economy in conjunction with a reopened bridge at La Linda;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the legislature hereby call upon the United
  States Department of State to communicate the interest of the State
  of Texas in this matter to the government of the Republic of Mexico
  and to all other parties participating in decisions relating to
  either reopening or removing the bridge at La Linda; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward an
  official copy of this resolution to the United States secretary of