Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mexican truck plan illegal, Hoffa says

Add this to the reasons to keep the border closed to dangerous Mexican trucks: The Department of Transportation's plan to open the border is probably illegal.

That's what Teamster President Jim Hoffa said yesterday in a press statement.
Hoffa said the proposal is illegal because it violates Section 6901 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Act of 2007. That statute does not allow funds to be spent on a cross-border trucking program unless “simultaneous and comparable authority to operate within Mexico is made available to motor carriers domiciled in the United States.”
Hoffa said the Mexican government is incapable of granting comparable authority under the current travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department on April 22. The State Department tells U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Nogales and Northern Sonora; Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua; Durango, Coahuila and Zacatecas; Tamaulipas; Sinaloa and Southern Sonora; San Luis Potosi; Nayarit and Jalisco; and Michoacan.
“It is very clear that the safety of the U.S. drivers traveling into Mexico cannot be ensured, and therefore simultaneous and comparable authority is not made available to U.S. motor carriers under the pilot program,” Hoffa said.
There are plenty of other reasons to keep the border closed, but "illegal" works well, we think.