U.S. law requires truck drivers to speak and understand the English language. The Obama Administration plans to admit Mexican trucks to our highways and roads, and says it will "conduct an English Language Proficiency" test of each Mexican driver. However, it does not say the Mexican drivers must speak English or pass the test. We know from congressional testimony of the previous Transportation Secretary that the Department's policy is to approve Mexican drivers as "English proficient" even when they respond to an examiner's questions in Spanish.
The Obama Administration proposal to admit Mexican trucks contains provisions about monitoring, inspections, review, and drug and alcohol inspection. But it says nothing about requiring Mexican trucks to meet U.S. standards and be rejected if they do not pass the tests. This is a particularly bad time to start admitting Mexican trucks because of the drug war going on along our southern border. It's a safe bet that many of the trucks will be carrying illegal aliens and illegal drugs.
Trade is supposed to be two-way street and so, under the Administration proposal, Mexico is supposed to admit U.S. trucks to drive on Mexican roads. Well, there's nothing equal about that. American truck drivers don't want to drive into northern Mexico, which is the most dangerous area in the world. A fullscale war is going on among the drug cartels. It's a far more dangerous location than Afghanistan. These murders committed by the drug cartels include beheadings, dismemberment, and torture. Those drug gangs have killed most of the police in northern Mexico. This truck deal with Mexico is a bad deal for Americans on both sides of the border. Tell your Congressman to oppose allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. highways.
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