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US Border: Trucks from Mexico

     The whole US-Mexico border question arouses strong emotions. While most Americans want to protect the border, Robert Gard says: "I try to keep in mind how we acquired Texas and California from Mexico when I get impatient with our inability to prevent illegal immigration by impecunious Mexicans who take jobs Americans won't."
     The complicated issue of Mexican trucks is a special issue. Tom Moore charges that NAFTA requires that Mexican trucks be admitted to the US, and that the Clinton administration is failing to do so because it wants to ensure that the Truckers vote for Gore. Jaqui White, who lives on the border has personally investigated the situation. She writes:
     "It has been necessary to open what amounts to a weight and inspection station at the Border for trucks coming in from Mexico. Often US trucking companies sell their no longer serviceable trucks to Mexico, where they are used for years. As a result, very often the trucks coming in from Mexico are not in condition to be allowed into the US. Not only are they in sub-standard condition, but they are overloaded for their axle capabilities. Sadly, after inspection by the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation they are "deadlined", fined for violation of weight and condition and must return to Mexico.
     Although the unions have fought foreign trucks on US highways outside of the commercial trade zone to protect the US truckers, this seems to be fair, both for our truckers, and for the safety of our highways. According to personnel on duty at the Border, crossings the trucks from Mexico are all too often falling apart. It is interesting that when the DPS and DOT are on duty at the Border crossings, trucking from Mexico decreases, since the truckers communicate by radios, and are forewarned. DPS and DOT cannot be there all the time, so when they are not, the trucks resume their crossings.
     It is fascinating in these holding areas to see the drug sniffing dogs at work - they are very good, and find drugs worth many millions on a regular basis under chilled cucumbers, melons, in false ceilings, false floors, gas tanks, and a myriad of creative hiding places."

Ronald Hilton - 3/18/00