Governor of Texas Greg Abbott spoke at the Get Out The Vote campaign event in Beaumont, Texas, USA on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has withdrawn a traffic-congested immigration order to back up commercial trucks on the US-Mexico border due to concerns over a week of intensifying backlash and serious economic loss.
The Governor of the Republic of Korea has abandoned his new rule requiring all commercial trucks from Mexico to undergo additional inspections to curb immigration and drug flows, intensifying the fight against the Byden administration over immigration policy. I let you.
Some truck drivers reported waiting for more than 30 hours to cross. Others have protested and blocked one of the busiest trade bridges in the world.
Abbott, who is scheduled to be reelected in November and has borders as a top priority, has completely lifted inspections after reaching an agreement with neighboring Mexican countries outlining new efforts for border security. bottom. The last one was signed by the Governor of Tamaulipas. Governor Tamaulipas said earlier this week that the inspection was enthusiastic and caused havoc. On Friday, he joined Abbott and said they were ready to work with him.
At the time of Abbott I ordered the inspection firstHe did not say that lifting them was contingent on such an arrangement with Mexico.
As the gridlock on the border deteriorated, there was increasing pressure on Abbott to withdraw. The American Trucking Associations described the inspection as “totally flawed, redundant, and adding considerable weight to an already tense supply chain.” A Mexican customs estimated losses of millions of dollars a day, and producers warned that if orders weren’t canceled immediately, shelves would be empty and prices would be higher.
Abbott acknowledged a slowdown in trade, but showed no signs of regret. He said the state of Mexico was ready to re-impose inspections if it did not postpone the closing of the transaction.
“I don’t hesitate to do anything,” Abbott said.
The US-Mexico border is very important to the US economy, much of it in Texas, about 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) more than any other state. Last year, the United States imported $ 390.7 billion worth of goods from Mexico, second only to China.
Trucks are inspected by US Customs and Border Protection agents upon entry.After the Biden administration said, Texas launched its own inspection Pandemic-related restrictions on asylum applications It will be lifted on May 23 at the border.
Abbott called the inspection a “zero tolerance policy for dangerous vehicles” and smuggled immigrants. He said Texas will take some steps in response to the end of asylum restrictions. It is expected to lead to an increase in immigrants coming to the border.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, state soldiers have inspected more than 6,000 commercial vehicles in the past week. One in four trucks was pulled off the road after authorities described it as a serious breach, including tire and brake defects.
The Troopers did not find any trafficking or drug trafficking during the inspection, said Steve McLaugh, director of the Department of Public Safety. The cartel knew that the test was being done and he explained that it wasn’t surprising.
However, immigrants are suspended at the port of entry only in about 5% of CBP encounters. The majority cross mountains, deserts and cities between official intersections.
The dynamics of drug attacks are different, with fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and other hard narcotics being confiscated predominantly at official crossroads rather than between them. Its compact size and odor-free make it extremely difficult to detect.
Abbott also chartered a bus to Washington, DC for immigrants who wanted to go. The first drop-off took place on Wednesday and was criticized by the Biden administration. On Thursday, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said Texas is moving immigrants without “proper coordination” with the federal government.