Texas Governor to Halt Some Truck Inspections on Border Snarl

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Texas will halt some vehicle inspections at the U.S.-Mexico border after Governor Greg Abbott’s crackdown provoked protests that halted some crucial food and equipment shipments, Bloomberg News reported. Abbott said Wednesday that the state government of Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico agreed to conduct safety inspections before U.S.-bound trucks reach the border. The inspections will continue in other sectors of the U.S.-Mexico line. Abbott said he acted in response to what he called U.S. President Joe Biden’s failure to repel undocumented migration and drug smuggling. “The only way to unclog the border is for Biden to do his job and secure the border,” Abbott said during a joint press conference with Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel Alejandro Garcia Sepulveda in Laredo. Abbott said he’s been in contact with governors of other Mexican border states and plans to begin meetings with them as soon as Thursday. The leader of the second-largest U.S. state said he is open to similar deals with those states if they make provisions for vehicle inspections. About 25% of the vehicles inspected by Texas state troopers were deemed unsafe and removed from service, “potentially saving the lives of Texans,” Abbott said. The safety violations included things like bad brakes, he said. Read more.