Agreements Between Texas And Mexico End Additional Inspections

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(WABNEWS Spanish) — After a week of chaos after the operation implemented by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, which considerably lengthened the crossing times of cargo trucks at four border crossings between Mexico and the United States, Abbott announced that they would suspend the additional comprehensive inspections in the region.

Abbott and the governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, announced this Friday that they had reached an agreement to strengthen border security in the region, specifically on the Mexican side. The measure will allow, among other things, the elimination of additional exhaustive review controls applied to cargo vehicles prior to their entry into US territory, it was indicated at a press conference.

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Abbott signed similar agreements this week with the governors of Nuevo León, Samuel García, of Chihuahua, María Eugenia Campos Galván, and of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís.

The Texas governor’s move was part of his recently enacted “Texas Border Truck Inspection Enforcement Action” rule, which allowed the Texas Department of Public Safety, a group normally tasked with highway patrol and truck inspections truck security, stop and inspect every truck crossing the US-Mexico border at major Texas ports of entry for human and drug smuggling.

The strategies, according to a statement from Governor Abbott’s office, were intended to “reduce the flow of drugs, human traffickers, illegal immigrants, weapons and other contraband into Texas” and included “enhanced security screenings” of commercial vehicles that they enter the US through the US ports of entry.

The rule was signed into law shortly after Biden announced the repeal of Title 42. “Texans demand and deserve an aggressive and comprehensive strategy to secure our border, not lackluster leadership from President Biden,” Governor Abbott said earlier this week. . Customs and Border Protection already checks trucks crossing the Texas border and called the rule “unnecessary.”

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Additional checks by the Texas Department of Public Safety were causing multi-day delays, prompting some Mexican truckers to go on strike because they can no longer move multiple trucks across the border a day, resulting in a loss of income. Vegetable growers say their produce is spoiling, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Texas border inspections were deemed excessive by at least two major trade groups, who said the new policy was wreaking havoc on the border.

For its part, the American Trucking Association (ATA) joined on thursday to the list of elected officials, industry groups and government agencies, who called on the Governor of Texas to end the “wrong system” of stopping and inspecting trucks crossing the US-Mexico border, the largest trucking trade group said Thursday.

“Governor Abbott is directly responsible for enforcing these senseless new inspections on our industry and for the adverse impact they are having on the economy and on American workers, including truckers. We ask the Governor to scrap his misguided plan immediately.” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

The ATA called these measures “redundant and adding considerable weight to an already strained supply chain.”

$9 billion worth of produce is traded through Texas, according to the Fresh Produce Association. Auto parts are also moved by truck.

“Adding additional layers of new controls for motor carriers, who are already subject to significant controls and have a strong compliance record, provides few security benefits, while congestion and the impact on our already overtaxed supply chain will increase the price of goods,” Spear said.

With information from WABNEWS’s Vanessa Yurkevich

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