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Texas Dem wants first-ever high-speed rail between Mexico and U.S.

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A Democratic congressman is proposing a high-speed rail service linking Mexico with the United States.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, met with the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Thursday, along with state and Mexican officials to discuss the system he proposes to run between San Antonio, Texas, and Monterrey, Mexico.

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The two cities, separated by 300 miles, would make the complete trip in less than two hours, crossing the U.S./Mexican border in Laredo, Texas, according to Fox News Latino.

“Secretary Foxx and his team are interested,” Cuellar said. “A high-speed rail between San Antonio and Monterrey through Laredo would revolutionize trade and travel between the United States and Mexico.”

Cuellar proposes pre-clearance immigration and customs checks so no stop would be necessary at the border.

Fox reported:

The project is planned as a joint effort by both nations. But the timeline remains somewhat murky. Both countries are optimistic the project will get done, but the effort seems to be taking a more immediate priority south of the border.

Mexican officials told Fox News Latino they have already received the go-ahead and funding is lined up from the federal government and the state of Nuevo Leon. Mexico estimates its share of the cost for the project will be around $1.5 billion, with construction slated to begin as early the first half of 2015 and completed by 2018.

Is this what happens when Congress gives up on border fences?

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