HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that several days of traffic jams at the border, which he ordered last week due to new security inspections, are part of a concerted effort to force Mexican authorities to do more to stop the flow of immigrants. United States.
Betting on immigration that has complicated trade routes in Texas, Mr Abbott said he would end the visit at only one entry point – the bridge between Laredo and the Mexican city of Colombia, Nuevo Leon – and only because the state’s governor had agreed to increase security at the Mexican border.
Texas Police, Mr. Abbott said, despite increasing pressure from truck drivers, business groups and officials on both sides, who are calling for a halt to the delay, will continue to stop all trucks coming from other Mexican states for safety inspections. Hours and even days and severely limited commercial traffic.
“The frozen bridges can only end with the kind of collaboration we’re showing today between Texas and Nuevo Leon,” said Mr. Abbott, a two-term Republican up for re-election this year.
The announcement marks a change in the public’s description of the security inspection that Mr Abbott ordered last week, a recognition that it was a way to exert political pressure on Mexican officials and President Biden.
Mr Abbott said: “Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing.
In a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie called the visit “unnecessary and unnecessary” and said “the continued flow of legitimate trade and travel and the CBP’s ability to operate should not be hampered.” Blockade on customs and border security facilities. Texas state police have set up safety checkpoints for their vehicles where trucks pass through federal inspections, creating backups. Mrs Saki said commercial traffic had dropped by as much as 60 per cent.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it opposed Mr Abbott’s actions and that Mexican officials had contacted Mr Abbott and federal officials “to find alternatives to ensure the security of our shared border without compromising bi-national trade.”
Security checks have been applied to all commercial vehicles entering Texas at major commercial crossings, and since they began, backups at the border have increased significantly.
Businesses complain that they can’t get products in Texas. Mexican truckers, without food or bathrooms, began protesting the day-long delay in the scorching heat and blockaded crossings in Far and El Paso from late Monday to Tuesday.
Even some Republican politicians, such as the conservative agriculture commissioner, Seed Miller, have called on Mr Abbott to stop visiting, saying they are “raising food prices and adding to the supply chain deficit.”
And so on Wednesday, Mr. Abbott appeared in the border town of Laredo with Samuel Alejandro Garcia Sepulveda, governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leওn, and said that Texas would end safety tests for trucks arriving in Laredo, a crossing that provides services. A relatively limited area of the border. “The Texas Department of Public Safety may go back to its previous policy,” said Mr. Abbott, a random checker at that crossing.
Mr Garcia said that in return, his state officials set up some checkpoints on the Mexican side of the crossing and promised that “our 14-kilometer border with Texas will be constantly patrolled by our police.” (The border between Texas and Mexico is 1,254 miles or 2,000 kilometers.)
Mr Abbott hailed the decision as a victory, suggesting that he had been able to reach an agreement with Mexican leaders on border security in one state and promised to do the same with others.
But that goal was not mentioned in Mr Abbott’s inspection rollout last week. Instead, he said the inspections were part of a broader response to the Biden administration’s announcement that it would end the Trump-era policy of repatriating most immigrants to the border under an emergency public health rule known as Title 42.
Mr Abbott on Wednesday urged Mr Biden to uphold public health policy, which is expected to expire next month.
Another part of Mr Abbott’s efforts to pressure the Biden administration, announced last week, is to charter buses to take migrants released from federal custody to Texas and relocate them to Washington or other places outside the state. The migrants went voluntarily, state officials said.
On Wednesday, the first bus arrived in Washington, with about two dozen immigrants from Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Mr Abbott said in a statement. There was a second way.
A Fox News camera crew was on hand for the arrival of the first bus and took pictures of the migrants as they walked out of the Capitol wearing masks and grabbing Manila envelopes.
Mr Abbott and his political strategists have seen voters, including many Democrats in Texas, oppose the Biden administration’s immigration policy as a winning issue.
But the backup caused by the inspection, which industry experts say has affected millions of dollars in product delivery alone, has given Democrats a rare incentive to use the border against Mr. Abbott.
“This is a misrepresentation of the issue of Title 42,” said Rep. Henry Queller, a Democrat whose district includes Laredo. “What he has done is to delay the national supply chain. He’s influencing a lot of income here. Cost, it will go from the company to the consumers. ”
Edgar Sandoval And Neeraj Chokshi Contributing Reporting.