Barack Obama's quiet deal with the president of Mexico to allow Mexican trucks to carry their loads onto U.S. highways and roads is new evidence of his high-handed solo behavior that has become Standard Operating Procedure in Obama's Administration. Here are some reasons why this plan is dangerous and should be stopped by Congress and public protest.
Obama's deal with Mexico's President bypasses Congress and defies the wishes of the American people. Congress made its wishes emphatically clear when it voted to ban Mexican trucks by roll-call votes of 411 to 3 in the House and 75 to 23 in the Senate. Obama's deal is a direct attack on the jobs available to U.S. truck drivers and on small business. Owner-operated and independent truck drivers constitute the big majority of U.S. trucks. The claim that Obama's deal is reciprocal because it allows our trucks to drive into Mexico is so cynical that we can hardly believe anyone says it with a straight face. South of the border is the most dangerous war zone in the world -- more dangerous than Afghanistan. U.S. truck drivers would become targets of hijacking, theft, murder, kidnappings, and even beheadings committed by the drug cartels.
Built into the Obama truck deal is the sneaky imposition of costs on both U.S. truck drivers and U.S. taxpayers. Each truck will be required to install special equipment costing $3,000 plus maintenance fees, U.S. drivers at their own expense, and Mexican trucks as a gift from U.S. taxpayers paid out of the Highway Trust Fund. Obama's deal will make it easy for Mexican trucks to bring in loads of illegal aliens and illegal drugs. Border inspection will be a farce, maybe only one in ten trucks inspected, maybe one in twenty.
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Further Reading: Mexican Trucks