Omar Ornelas/The El Paso Times
State troopers ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott to inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico earlier this month — which clogged international trade with Mexico — found zero drugs, weapons or any other type of contraband, according to data released by the Department of Public Safety to The Texas Tribune…
Over eight days, starting April 8, troopers conducted more than 4,100 inspections of trucks. Troopers didn’t find any contraband but took 850 trucks off the road for various violations related to their equipment. Other truckers were given warnings, and at least 345 were cited for things such as underinflated tires, broken turn signals and oil leaks…
Can’t find a bloody thing wrong that you’re looking for. That you made a big noise about in the media. Spend the rest of your time harassing the truckers trying to make a living – some part of which involves crossing the border into one of the most politically backwards portions of these United States. Texas.
…Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, an advocacy group for human rights in the Americas, said…“It just seems odd to me that DPS would be that much of a deterrent for smugglers deciding whether to bring something after already passing through the gauntlet of CBP,” he said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection routinely inspects commercial cargo coming from Mexico for illegal drugs and people being smuggled as soon as truckers cross the international bridges. CBP called Texas’ inspections duplicative and “unnecessary.”
Useless duplication. Inflicted upon transport workers because an incompetent Republican governor (1) wants to find someone to blame for every imaginary problem stuck in his pea-brain and (2) no doubt he’s getting ready to run for president of the GOUSA in Republican primaries leading up to the 2024 election and he desperately needs to be seen as doing something productive.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) 10-day-long “enhanced” safety inspections of commercial trucks entering the state from Mexico may have cost Texas $4.2 billion in economic damage, as estimated by Waco-based Perryman Group, but it’s been great for business in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, a border crossing just across state lines from El Paso.
Trucks were re-routed through Santa Teresa when Abbott’s inspections snarled commercial traffic at Texas border crossings, and now Mexico has decided to move a long-planned trade railway connection worth billions of dollars from Texas to the New Mexico crossing, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday. “We’re now not going to use Texas,” Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said. “We can’t leave all the eggs in one basket and be hostages to someone who wants to use trade as a political tool.”
Clouthier made her announcement in Mexico City on Thursday, a day before Abbott said he will be transferring another $500 million from other Texas agencies to finance his broader state border initiative, Operation Lone Star, which is already costing Texans more than $2 billion a year. https://news.yahoo.com/texas-gov-abbotts-border-inspections-071720914.html