Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday revoked his traffic-clogging immigration order that supported commercial trucks at the US-Mexico border after a week, prompting a swift response and deepening economic damage. It was after apprehension.
The Republican governor dropped his new rules that required all commercial trucks from Mexico to undergo additional inspections to stem the flow of migrants and drugs and intensified a fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy.
Some truck drivers reported waiting more than 30 hours to cross. Others blocked one of the world’s busiest trade bridges in protest.
Abbott, who is up for re-election in November and has made the border his top issue, has removed the inspection altogether after reaching agreements with neighboring Mexican states that he says are important for border security. Outline new commitments. The last one was signed with the governor of Tamaulipas, who said earlier this week that the inspections were overzealous and wreaking havoc. On Friday, he joined Abbott and said they were ready to work together.
When Abbott first ordered the inspection, he did not say that lifting them was conditional on such an arrangement with Mexico.
Abbott was under pressure to retreat as the standoff at the border worsened. The American Trucking Association called the inspections “totally flawed, redundant and adding considerable load to an already strained supply chain”. A customs agency in Mexico estimated losses in the millions of dollars a day, and production distributors warned of empty shelves and high prices if orders were not canceled soon.
Abbott acknowledged the slowdown in business but showed no signs of regret. He said he was prepared to reintroduce the oversight if the Mexican states did not put an end to the deal.
“I’m not hesitant to do that,” Abbott said.
The US–Mexico border is important to the US economy and more of it is in Texas – about 1,200 miles (1,931 km) – than any other state. The United States imported $390.7 billion worth of goods from Mexico last year, second only to China.
Trucks are inspected by US Customs and Border Protection agents upon entry into the country. Texas began its inspection when the Biden administration said pandemic restrictions on claiming asylum at the border would be lifted on May 23.
Abbott called the inspections smuggling migrants a “zero-tolerance policy for unsafe vehicles.” He said Texas would take a number of steps in response to the end of asylum restrictions, which is expected to increase the number of migrants arriving at the border.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, state troops inspected more than 6,000 commercial vehicles in the past week. About 1 in 4 trucks were taken off the road in what the agency described as a serious violation involving faulty tires and brakes.
Steve McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Security, said the soldiers did not commit any human or drug trafficking during the inspection. He called it surprising that the cartel knew that inspections were taking place.
But only in about 5% of CBP encounters migrants are stopped at ports of entry. The vast majority cross in mountains, deserts and cities between official crossings.
The dynamic with drug seizures is different, with fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and other hard narcotics being confiscated heavily at official crossings rather than between them. Their small size and lack of smell make them extremely difficult to detect.
Abbott also hired buses to Washington, DC for immigrants who wanted to leave. The first drop-off took place on Wednesday, drawing criticism from the Biden administration. On Thursday, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said Texas was relocating migrants without “substantial coordination” with the federal government.