Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mexican trucks: Still another reason to close the border

U.S. transportation officials are assuring Americans that Mexican truck drivers are only allowed to travel beyond the border zone if they check out as safe and non-criminal.

Problem is, those backgrounds are checked and safety records compiled by Mexico's notoriously corrupt law enforcement officers. Here are just a few recent news stories about how well that's working:

A Senate committee investigation found that corruption plagues the Mexican police forces and judiciary.

Fox News reports 71 percent of Mexicans don't trust their local cops.

The Associated Press reported that Mexico's corrupt institutions have led to 47,000 deaths, including 16,000 victims whose corpses were so mutilated they couldn't be identified.

Since October, a handful of Mexican trucks have been allowed to drive anywhere in the U.S. as part of the second "pilot program" to open the border. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa predicted the program would be a dismal failure, and it looks like he's right. According to the government, there are four Mexican motor carriers in the program. They have four vehicles and five drivers. They’ve made 83 trips.

Can you say FAIL?