Texas repeals immigration order that caused border gridlock
Some truckers reported waiting more than 30 hours to cross. Some protestors blocked one of the busiest trade bridges around the world.
Abbott is up for reelection this November. He has made the border his top concern and fully lifted inspections after reaching agreements that he says include new commitments to border security with neighboring Mexican states. Friday’s last agreement was signed with Tamaulipas governor, who this week claimed that the inspections were excessively invasive and caused havoc.
When Abbott ordered the inspections, it was not clear that he said lifting them was contingent on Mexico making arrangements.
Pressure was building on Abbott to retreat as gridlock on the border worsened and frustration mounted. The American Trucking Association said that the inspections were “wholly flawed, redundant, and adding considerable weight to an already stretched supply chain.” “
The U.S.-Mexico border is crucial to the U.S. economy and more of it is in Texas — roughly 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) — than any other state. The United States last year imported $390.7 billion worth of goods from Mexico, second only to China.
Abbott began the inspections after the Biden administration said pandemic-related restrictions on claiming asylum at the border would be lifted May 23. He described the inspections as a “zero tolerance policy against unsafe vehicles” smuggling migrants. He stated that Texas would take several measures to end the asylum restrictions. This is expected to increase the number of migrants crossing the border.
State troopers inspected more than 6,000 commercial vehicles over the past week, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Nearly four trucks were pulled from the roads for violations the agency called serious, including defective tires and brakes.
The agency did not mention that inspections turned up drugs or migrants.
Abbott also chartered buses to Washington, D.C. for migrants who wanted to travel there. The first drop-offs took place Wednesday, drawing criticism from Biden’s administration. U.S. Customs and Border Protections Commissioner Chris Magnus stated that Texas was moving migrants without “adequately coordinating with” the federal government.
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