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No Mexican Trucks on U.S. Highways, Lawmakers Tell DOT
CNSNews ^ | May 16, 2011 | Edwin Mora

Posted on 05/16/2011 10:03:15 AM PDT by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) – In a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, a bipartisan group of 44 lawmakers urged the Obama administration not to reinstate a cross-border program involving Mexican trucks.

The lawmakers cited cost, safety and security concerns as reasons for not reviving the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed program.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) are leading the bi-partisan effort, which includes 13 Republicans and 31 Democrats.

“We have concerns that this proposed program could impact the safety and may create a security breach along our southern border,” the lawmakers wrote in a May 4 letter.

“With the recent rise in and the changing tactics of the Mexican drug cartels, we are also concerned that moving forward with this cross-border trucking program at this time is not in the best interests for security along our border,” added the letter. “The El Paso Intelligence Center reports that commercial vehicles are widely-used by Mexican drug trafficking organizations.’

The program would allow certified Mexican long-haul trucks to deliver goods inside the United States. Mexican trucks entering the U.S. would be required to abide by all U.S. safety and security regulations.

Currently, truckers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are permitted to travel only within a 20- to 25-mile radius of a trade port.

“The current system of Mexican carriers operating within a defined commercial zone is working well for both safety and border security,” concluded the letter. “We strongly oppose the Administration’s cross-border trucking proposal.”

The program originally was established under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, but amid safety, security, and environmental concerns, the U.S. suspended the pilot program. In 2009, Congress killed it.

As a result, the Mexican government slapped tariffs on $2.4 billion of U.S. goods, and those tariffs are still in place today.

“While we understand the need to work to remove the unfair tariffs that Mexico has imposed on U.S. agricultural products as a result, doing so should not come at the expense of the safety of our highways,” the lawmakers said in their letter.

The lawmakers object to taxpayer funds (from the federal Highway Trust Fund) being used to pay for on-board electronic monitors that the Mexican trucks would be required to carry. American truckers, on the other hand, would have to purchase the same equipment themselves. That’s adding insult to injury, Rep. Hunter said in a statement.

“Simply put, the cross-border trucking program is a straight handout to Mexico at the expense of American jobs, taxpayer dollars and security,” Hunter said. He noted that the proposed program will give Mexican truckers “unrestricted access to U.S. roadways, leaving their American counterparts at a serious disadvantage,” which is one reason why labor unions also object to the program.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) said inspection failures and security lapses at the border “could result in the entry of unsafe vehicles and drivers that pose a threat to the safety of the public.” He said he is also concerned about Mexican providing drug traffickers with another potential avenue to exploit at a time when crime and violence in Mexico are on the rise.

In March 2011, President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon agreed to re-start the program.

As part of the agreement, Mexico will lift the current agricultural tariffs in two phases. Half will be eliminated when the two countries sign the agreement, and the other half when the first Mexican truck is allowed to travel freely on U.S. roadways.

Several trade unions such as Teamsters and AFL-CIO have criticized the Obama administration’s intentions to revive the cross-border trucking program, saying that opening the U.S. roads to Mexican truckers could kill U.S. jobs.

However, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Foreign Trade Council, an association of 250 U.S. corporations involved in international trade, support the Mexican trucking deal.

A September 2009 report by the Chamber of Commerce estimated if the U.S. did not implement the NAFTA trucking provisions, "the impact on U.S. employment ... coupled with Mexican retaliation equals 25,600 jobs.” The report also estimated that the suspension of the program has caused “U.S. exports to decline by $2.6 billion.”

Mexico is the second largest U.S export market.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aflcio; aliens; mexico; obama; teamsteers; trucking; trucks; union; unions

1 posted on 05/16/2011 10:03:22 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Mexican trucks — what could go wrong?


2 posted on 05/16/2011 10:06:26 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: jazusamo

Why are there any republicans not opposed to this?


3 posted on 05/16/2011 10:06:49 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yep, this is a disaster waiting to happen.


4 posted on 05/16/2011 10:07:28 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: MrEdd

Good question. Every one should be against this, IMO.


5 posted on 05/16/2011 10:08:51 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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6 posted on 05/16/2011 10:09:32 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Absolutely.


7 posted on 05/16/2011 10:12:44 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: jazusamo
As part of the agreement, Mexico will lift the current agricultural tariffs in two phases.

Who cares about agriculture tariffs? It is the deprivation of US jobs by low-wage invaders that will cost the U.S. billions. And U.S. truckers are wise not to go into Mexico...so the Mexicans are demanding an unbalanced requirement to their advantage... Typical.

8 posted on 05/16/2011 10:14:34 AM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: jazusamo

“We have concerns that this proposed program could impact the safety and may create a security breach along our southern border,” the lawmakers wrote in a May 4 letter.”

LOL!! That’s rich! When did this make any difference? The BORDER IS WIDE OPEN.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 10:15:06 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: jazusamo

“Currently, truckers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are permitted to travel only within a 20- to 25-mile radius of a trade port.”

The roadsides near the Otay Mesa (San Diego) port of entry are littered with plastic bottles full of urine from the troqueros.


10 posted on 05/16/2011 10:19:47 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: jazusamo
Mexican trucks entering the U.S. would be required to abide by all U.S. safety and security regulations.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:50 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: jazusamo
The program originally was established under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, but ... the U.S. suspended the pilot program. In 2009, Congress killed it.

As a result, the Mexican government slapped tariffs on $2.4 billion of U.S. goods, and those tariffs are still in place today.

First, let me say that this was a treaty approved by the United States. We can't then go pick and choose what parts of the treaty we're going to follow. If they don't like the trucking provisions then withdraw from the treaty. Trash it. We did it with the ABM treaty. Just pull the plug.

That said, the fact that the teat-sucking Mexicans slapped a $2.5 billion dollar tariff in response to our not honoring the trucking provisions of the treaty is just beyond the pale. They already suck so much money out of the US they should be PAYING US for education and healthcare of their illegal aliens.

The House should immediately retaliate against money being sent to Mexico.

12 posted on 05/16/2011 10:26:15 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: Paul Ross

Any US trucker that goes into Mexico is absolutely nuts, it’s been that way for decades.

Besides having the rig stolen now comes the distinct possibility of being murdered.

I can’t imagine any owner/operator nor any company taking their rigs into Mexico.


13 posted on 05/16/2011 10:27:16 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: VeniVidiVici
The House should immediately retaliate against money being sent to Mexico.

Amen to that. In fact it should have been done long ago.

14 posted on 05/16/2011 10:30:17 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!

I reckon the truckers should get a ping ever so often...be great to see if there are any stats on accidents or smuggling-related incidents with these trucks.


15 posted on 05/16/2011 10:30:50 AM PDT by HiJinx (Old Cold Warrior)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!

I reckon the truckers should get a ping ever so often...be great to see if there are any stats on accidents or smuggling-related incidents with these trucks.


16 posted on 05/16/2011 10:31:15 AM PDT by HiJinx (Old Cold Warrior)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Do we have the same restrictions against Canadian trucks?


17 posted on 05/16/2011 10:31:32 AM PDT by Eva
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To: MrEdd

Free-traitors have got to be purged from the ranks.


18 posted on 05/16/2011 10:33:52 AM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: jazusamo

“Currently, truckers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are permitted to travel only within a 20- to 25-mile radius of a trade port.”

Total BS!!

Highway 5 and 15 in California is nothing but a conastant line of mexican trucks going all over the US!


19 posted on 05/16/2011 10:38:24 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: jazusamo

Why worry about the trucks being here we the taxpayers are paying to train the illegals to drive our trucks have been for years!@!!


20 posted on 05/16/2011 10:38:40 AM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: jazusamo

13 Republicans and 31 Democrats

Bass ackwards?!


21 posted on 05/16/2011 10:40:00 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: jazusamo
This is just our politicos shaking down the cartels for more campaign money. When the money flows these concerns will vanish. The cartels need those trucks crossing the border to ease their business costs.
22 posted on 05/16/2011 10:40:00 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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Shake out a few over here

23 posted on 05/16/2011 10:45:47 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: HiJinx

People shouldn’t kid themselves, this is about turning another sector of our jobs over to foreign nationals. If the Mexican trucks gain access, there won’t be one U. S. Citizen trucker in five years.

Ah, no thanks!


24 posted on 05/16/2011 10:45:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Tell me you haven't asked yourself what mistake Obama made, that wound up causing Laden's death?)
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To: Eva

No, Canadian trucks come into the US all the time. They are required to carry higher insurance in Canada than the US.
However, most states(except MI) do not allow b-train trucks.
This double trailer arrangement allows more weight/axel and a higher overall gross weight and length. This is the way most freight moves in Canada. So logistically it makes it more expensive to move product into the US unless it is on this rig arrangement. Therefore, they will often offload the freight at the border of the US and load it onto a different trailer set up to travel in the states. They will also split the load at the border and deliver half at a time.

The other configuration of a Tri-axle rig or Maxi is used in ME, OR , WA , ID , MT & ND. This rig is only allowed in these states and typically does not travel into Canada.


25 posted on 05/16/2011 10:47:14 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: DoughtyOne

I call BS on that. You just have to make sure they are bonded with a US bank/insurance company.

This is all about protecting THE TEAMSTERS UNION.


26 posted on 05/16/2011 10:49:48 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: jazusamo

A trailer sent into Mexico with new tires often returns with bald tires a week later;their roads must be terrible!(From conversations with drivers of several large national trucking companies.)


27 posted on 05/16/2011 10:51:59 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: woodbutcher1963

You call B.S. on my statement, then suggest that all we need to do is bond them with US bank/insurance company. Why would we need to bond them if they weren’t taking over our complete trucking industry?

Why would you make a comment about the Teamster’s Union if you didn’t agree with my overall assessment?

And since when did the teamsters rule 100% of the trucking industry?

Evidently you think replacing all U.S. independent truckers with Mexican drivers and rigs, would be a great idea.

Count me out on that agenda.


28 posted on 05/16/2011 10:55:59 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Tell me you haven't asked yourself what mistake Obama made, that wound up causing Laden's death?)
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To: hoosierham

Thanks. Years ago I believe our companies would reload our product on Mexican trucks at the border, we must be sending the trailers in now, the bigger companies may have done it then too.


29 posted on 05/16/2011 10:58:04 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: woodbutcher1963
This is all about protecting THE TEAMSTERS UNION.

There you have it!!!

30 posted on 05/16/2011 11:07:26 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone
This is all about protecting THE TEAMSTERS UNION.

There you have it!!!

I read somewhere that in 1975 when Smokey And The Bandit was filmed over 70% of the trucks on the road were independent owner / operators. Now there are less than 20% of independent trucks on the road.

Perhaps the kneebreakers have something to do with this as well

31 posted on 05/16/2011 11:15:51 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: jazusamo
Why are legislators begging Obama not to allow Mexitrucks into the US?

Does not the Legislative Branch make up the laws?

Now, if they are begging Obama not to veto the law that they create, that's a different story.

If they are going to allow Obama to make law, then they should all quit and we'll save money not paying for the entire Legislative branch.

32 posted on 05/16/2011 11:26:08 AM PDT by hattend (Obama is better than OJ... He found a killer while on the golf course.)
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To: hoosierham

I don’t know if you were being sarcastic or not. They come back with bald tires because they get swapped out at some point in their trip down south. Eight trailer tires will run in the vicinity of $2,000. I have sent trailers over the border before and can tell you any and all equipment that goes over with the trailer does not come back. Drivers have to strip out their trailers at a local agent before sending them over. They always come back with something wrong. It could be dents, smashed lights, graffiti, or the infamous tire switch.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 11:28:53 AM PDT by Graneros ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.")
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To: woodbutcher1963
This is all about protecting THE TEAMSTERS UNION.

Bingo. It's all about the unions. There are plenty of crappy domestic trucks on our roads. At least, on the border, you could monitor or inspect what comes in.

34 posted on 05/16/2011 11:34:04 AM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
That said, the fact that the teat-sucking Mexicans slapped a $2.5 billion dollar tariff in response to our not honoring the trucking provisions of the treaty is just beyond the pale.

Why exactly do you care if Mexico makes Mexicans pay higher taxes?
35 posted on 05/16/2011 11:53:46 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Cheburashka
Why exactly do you care if Mexico makes Mexicans pay higher taxes?

I could care less if Mexico makes Mexicans pay higher taxes. This tariff was retaliatory and was done to force the US to lose revenue and force the US into accepting Mexican trucks.

36 posted on 05/16/2011 12:36:19 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

If Mexico wants to punish the U.S. by punishing Mexicans by taxing them harder, I would just stand there pointing and laughing, but hey, that’s just me. The only people having money taxed out of their pockets are Mexicans. American have a 100% effective tax avoidance trick - don’t sell anything on the tariff list to Mexico. Sell it in some other country. No revenue loss.

Notice how effective the retaliation was. If it wasn’t mentioned in the article no one would notice it, including you.


37 posted on 05/16/2011 1:17:58 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Cheburashka
From the article:

A September 2009 report by the Chamber of Commerce estimated if the U.S. did not implement the NAFTA trucking provisions, "the impact on U.S. employment ... coupled with Mexican retaliation equals 25,600 jobs.” The report also estimated that the suspension of the program has caused “U.S. exports to decline by $2.6 billion.”

This is the tariff retaliation they are talking about. Real numbers. Real people. Right now. Sorry you didn't notice it.

38 posted on 05/16/2011 2:15:28 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: Cheburashka

And why waste time finding new markets for stuff that Mexico won’t buy, which is your “solution”? That’s where the tax on funds flowing from the US to Mexico comes in. Unless that’s what you are trying to avoid.


39 posted on 05/16/2011 2:17:51 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
You said:

First, let me say that this was a treaty approved by the United States. We can't then go pick and choose what parts of the treaty we're going to follow. If they don't like the trucking provisions then withdraw from the treaty. Trash it. We did it with the ABM treaty. Just pull the plug.

Can't argue with you on that. Of course if we're going to refuse to live by a treaty we've made we can expect that the other party to the treaty will retaliate. I am laughing at the Mexicans for such a useless gesture as a retaliatory tariff which hurts their own citizens. If you absolutely insist on taking their gesture seriously, I'll have to laugh at you too. So stop insisting.

As for the Chamber of Commerce they want the full 48 state NAFTA trucking program, so I put no reliance on any of their statistics. And they ignore the costs of unsafe Mexican trucks in dead, injured, and property damage, which tab will have to be picked up by Americans, because the Mexicans sure won't. But maybe that doesn't bother you.


Real numbers. Real people. Right now. Sorry you didn't notice it.

Nonsense. Real people have names and addresses. List them. All 25,600 of them. Can't do that? Then name 1,000 of them.

The Chamber of Commerce does not have the American people's back on this issue. Believe them at your peril.

40 posted on 05/16/2011 4:48:57 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
And why waste time finding new markets for stuff that Mexico won’t buy, which is your “solution”? That’s where the tax on funds flowing from the US to Mexico comes in. Unless that’s what you are trying to avoid.

What funds are you talking about? Tariffs aren't paid by the exporting country's(USA) sellers, they just pass the tariff's cost on to the importing country's(Mexico) consumers. The only risk to the exporting country's(America) sellers is that importing county's(Mexico) consumers won't buy as much product, because they can't afford the higher cost. So, gee, the standard of living of the Mexican consumer has just gone down. A wonderful reward to them from the Mexican government.

As for finding new markets that's what capitalism is all about. The market place is always changing, and since foreign governments are always changing their attitudes that's part of the change you have to accept and adjust to. If you can't you go out of business.

41 posted on 05/16/2011 5:09:38 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: forgotten man
The roadsides near the Otay Mesa (San Diego) port of entry are littered with plastic bottles full of urine from the troqueros.

Fussy fussy fussy ....

42 posted on 05/17/2011 7:47:29 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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