Mexican Trucks Invade America!
Source: Newsmax.com (Clayton B. Reid)
Mexican trucks are rolling over the U.S. border, freely bound for anywhere in America, and it seems that nothing — not furious Teamsters nor angry environmentalists, not even Congress — can stop them.
Are the drivers properly licensed and sober or well-rested with the legal amount of down time? Do they speak English or understand U.S. road signs? Will the trucks be carrying illegal immigrants, drugs, terrorists, nuclear or biological weapons or other contraband? Will they belch tons of banned pollutants into America’s air? Will lower-paid Mexican drivers put American truckers out of work? Will the trucks gut the tax base which supports the U.S. highway infrastructure?
Frankly, no one knows. But, like it or not, the trucks are rolling. It’s a done deal.
When the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an appeal from the Teamsters, the Sierra Club and other groups on Aug. 31, it opened the way for a “test program” pushed by the Bush administration to begin.
Initially, the Department of Transportation plans to allow 44 Mexican long-haul semis to participate in the first 30 days, but the program quickly will expand, to allow 100 Mexican trucking companies to send 1,000 trucks streaming across the border.
“This is a reprehensible proposal,” Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), told NewsMax.
“President Bush is following through on a promise he made to large economic interests that he would open up the border. I am astonished by the administration’s contempt toward the American public, Congress and the rule of law. They want to kick that border open and let the chips fall where they may.
“The Bush administration is determined to push these Mexican trucks down the throats of the American people and Congress.”