LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – After a week of massive delays at the Columbia-Solidarity trade border crossing near Laredo, Governor Greg Abbott revoked his final order to inspect all trucks arriving in the state.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Governor Abbotta was joined by Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Garcia, who agreed to inspect trucks at the border for human and drug smuggling in exchange for reduced efforts by DPS officials – leading to a nightmare. – point of import.
Governor Abbott called the agreement “historic.”
He says the Biden administration did little to prevent human trafficking at the border because inspections were needed.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki made the criticism.
“These unnecessary inspections of truck traffic and transit ports between Texas and Mexico are significant delays, resulting in a 60-70% reduction in commercial traffic at some ports, which has a significant impact on local and regional supplies.” chains, “Psaki said.
Gov. Candidate Beto O’Rourke said in a statement that the governor’s plan was to “crush businesses, increase prices for Texans, cause supply chain delays and damage our state and our economy.”
Ken Molestina of CBS 11 asked Governor Abbott about economic concerns.
MOLESTINA: “What do you say to business owners and consumers who say they are directly affected by your efforts to make a point?”
GOV. ABBOTT: “The same people, who have been delayed for several hours, have been shouting at the Biden Administration for the last 15 months, ‘Don’t open these borders.’
The governor reiterated that although the bridge had returned to normal, six more were still behind. He says he does not plan to back down until other Mexican governors take a similar step to deal with Nuevo Leon.
Texas gubernatorial officials have since told CBS 11 News that governors from other Mexican states have already contacted them in an attempt to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce the backlog.
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