WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY On Friday, Commercial truck traffic from Chihuahua, Mexico, will resume at the same time as when both sides reached an agreement on border security.
In a joint press conference with Chihuahua Governor Maria Eugenia Campos Galvan, Abbott said the state of Chihuahua provided a plan that would allow Texas authorities to stop conducting extensive inspections that have resulted in backups of trucks from Chihuahua over the past week.
"Texas and Chihuahua have now agreed to secure the border as well as for commercial vehicles to go through the ports," Abbott said.
Abbott, a Republican candidate for re-election in November, ordered the State Department of Public Safety to conduct "enhanced safety inspections" of automobiles as they cross from Mexico to Texas in order to uncover smuggling of people and dangling contraband.
Inspections were part of a broad effort to deter illegal immigration, aimed at enacting Democratic President Joe Biden's "open borders." Abbott said the group is a proponent of illegal immigration.
On Thursday, Abbott signed an agreement with Governor Federico Solis of Coahuila, in which both states pledged to combat illegal immigration and ensure vehicle crossings meet safety standards.
Mexican truck drivers slammed bridges on the US border earlier in the week to protest the delays, which some say caused long waits that ran over half a day.
Abbott said Texas would resume enhanced border inspections from Nuevo Leon in the Mexican state.
Abbott said that inspections will continue at other areas of the border with Mexico until agreements with those states have been reached.
Some Mexican truckers applaud the new arrangement.
"This is fantastic news, right now I have two trucks waiting to cross the Pharr (border bridge) two for Progreso," said Juan Trevino, the owner of several trucks located in Tamaulipas, the border state. "We hope that this will be normalized soon because it has been a really difficult day for us."
Other truckers remain skewing.
"Well, my friends say the roads aren't as open as before. Until yesterday, nothing had changed. I spent 16 hours waiting in the queue and couldn't cross, so I'll admit it when I see it," said Pedro Gonzalez, a truck driver in Ciudad Juarez.