Barack Hussein Obama opens border, defies unions, and ignores Congress on the controversial cross-border issue with Mexico. U.S. and Mexican trucks were previously authorized to cross their shared border under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, but the U.S. refused to allow Mexican trucks access amid concerns over their ability to meet U.S. safety and environmental standards.
Again in 1995 the U.S. and Mexico restarted a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to travel throughout the U.S. delivering loads brought in from Mexico. The U.S. trucks were allowed to do the same in Mexico, but safety and security concerns again spurred the U.S. to bar Mexican trucks from U.S. roadways. 16 years later the safety and security concerns still exist, but Obama agreed to allow the Mexican trucks back into the U.S.
The United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood along with Obama “tout” that this new cross-border trucking plan with Mexico is going to create jobs. But, it does not take a genius to see that by allowing Mexican trucks into the U.S. will cut jobs.
Currently, three trucks and three drivers are used to get goods across the border, Ferrari said. It comes out to about $150 per crossing. Multiplied by the 4.5 million annual truck crossings, the savings generated could exceed $675 million, said Mexican Economy Minister Bruno Ferrari.
Steve Russell, chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc., which serves the U.S., Canada and Mexico said, “The theory behind cross-border trucking is that one tractor would replace three.” in a recent article. I know my math is not perfect, but that looks like it will remove jobs from the trucking industry in both countries. So again, will someone from Obama’s administration please explain to me how this creates jobs for Americans?
In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) were joined by a bipartisan group of 42 other lawmakers in urging the Secretary to immediately terminate the cross-border trucking program—first established over a decade ago under NAFTA—that will soon open U.S. roadways to Mexican motor carriers.
“The cross-border trucking program clearly puts foreign interests above our own,” said Congressman Hunter. “It’s bad for the American economy. It’s bad for American truckers and the entire commercial trucking industry. And it’s bad for border security. Simply put, the cross-border trucking program is a straight handout to Mexico at the expense of American jobs, taxpayer dollars and security. Seems like a familiar gesture of the Obama administration – take care of everyone but America.
“On the other hand, Mexican motor carriers are the big winners. They will soon have unrestricted access to U.S. roadways, leaving their American counterparts at a serious disadvantage. Adding insult to injury, American taxpayers will be expected to buy the required Electronic On-Board Recorders for Mexican trucks, while American truckers will need to purchase the same equipment themselves. There is nothing good about this agreement for the U.S., which is why it needs to be terminated immediately.”
The fact that a cross-border program is in any stage of development does not sit well with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) leadership. “With all the talk about the need for every initiative to create jobs, it’s absolutely shocking,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “The only jobs this ill-conceived idea can create are for non-citizens who will take jobs away from U.S. citizens.”
Coupled with the fact that the program would threaten U.S. trucking jobs, Spencer is equally concerned about the safety and security of truckers and U.S. highway users alike. “It’s a pipe dream that the safety and security issues can be resolved, given the general state of disarray or war that exists in Mexico,” he said.
Congressman Lipinski added, “Past inspection failures and gaps in security at the border show that opening our roads to Mexican truck traffic could result in the entry of unsafe vehicles and drivers that pose a threat to the safety of the public.”
Congressman Lipinski said, “Furthermore, inviting trucks from Mexico to freely transport goods throughout the U.S. provides drug traffickers with another potential avenue to exploit at a time when crime and violence in Mexico are on the rise. The fact that the agreement would also require taxpayers to subsidize required equipment for Mexican truckers that American truck operators would have to pay for themselves is yet another reason that it should be rejected.”
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