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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Don't Admit Mexican Trucks to U.S. Highways

The ban on allowing Mexican trucks to drive on U.S. highways recently expired, and President Obama's Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Trade Representative Ron Kirk have both announced that they are eager to start allowing Mexican trucks to drive their loads onto U.S. highways and roads. The American people are very much opposed to this idea. A law banning Mexican trucks passed the House in 2007 by the overwhelming vote of 411 to 3, and passed the Senate by 75 to 23. A Rasmussen poll found that 66% of Americans oppose this policy, and only "19% of Americans say the U.S. Congress should let trucks from Mexico cross the border and carry their loads on American highways, as Mexican President Felipe Calderon requested." There are many reasons for this.

Mexican truck loads cannot be effectively inspected, and we assume that some of the trucks will be bringing illegal drugs into the United States. If an occasional truck is discovered carrying illegal drugs, the drug cartels would consider that just a minor cost of doing business. U.S. law requires that truck drivers be able to speak and read the English language, but Mexican truck drivers don't speak English. Furthermore, Mexican trucks do not meet U.S. safety standards.

The Mexicans claim that this cross-border access for their trucks is reciprocal because U.S. trucks will be allowed to drive into Mexico. However, that's not a good deal. American truckers don't want to drive into Mexico because they know they would be taking their lives into their hands by driving into the drug-war zone south of the border, where murders, dismemberments, and kidnappings are daily occurrences.

Candidates for Congress had better get on the right side of this issue if they want to be elected.

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1 comment:

Pickup trucks in usa said...

Lets see how this new law will have effect on the truck drivers. I feel such amendments can have a drastic effect on the opinion of different people.

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