Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week requiring heightened inspections of commercial trucks crossing the border into the state. The order was based on an effort to slow illegal drug and migrant trafficking into the U.S. but has the added effect of bringing attention to the failures of the Biden administration to secure the border.
The nation is bracing for a new flood of illegal immigration when Title 42 is lifted by the White House next month. The public health rule has been a primary tool for law enforcement to turn away intercepted illegals since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Truck drivers entering the U.S. at the Texas border have been protesting the enhanced inspections by blocking commercial truck lanes on the Mexican side of the border. The protests began at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, which is the third busiest roadway port of entry into the U.S.
Soon thereafter, truckers began blocking lanes at the Ysleta Port of Entry in response to long wait times. Truckers parked their rigs in inspection lanes on the Juarez side of the border across the northbound and southbound lanes, effectively shutting down all commercial traffic.
The protests have so far not affected private automobile or pedestrian border traffic.
Wait times for commercial traffic on the Mexican side of the border have been delayed between four and twelve hours. There is little drinking water and no restroom facilities available along the blocked lanes.
Sergio Lopez is a Mexican trucker who told reporters that traffic is being blocked by labor unions as well as truck drivers. He said almost all of the blocked truckers do not know what is going on and are being asked to step out of their trucks, making the overall slowdown much worse. Other drivers expressed their frustration and concerns that their loads would not be delivered on time.
Abbott is counting on the complaints and protests of Mexican truckers to lend weight to his arguments against Joe Biden’s decision to lift Title 42 enforcement.
Abbott’s only other legal recourse he is currently able to pursue is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency hearing on his claim that Title 42 should be preserved to keep America safe from a certain flood of new illegal immigration.