After a week of intense backlash and worries about adding economic losses, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday repealed his traffic-clogging immigration ordinance that backed up commercial trucks at the US-Mexico border.
The Republican governor reintroduced his new regulations that required the flow of migrants and drugs to be monitored, ratcheted up a fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy.
In protest, some truckers reported waiting more than 30 hours to cross, while others blocked one of the world's busiest trade bridges.
Abbott, who will be reelected in November, fully lifted the inspections after reaching agreements with neighboring Mexican nations that he claims outlined new commitments to border security. The last one was signed with the governor of Tamaulipas, who earlier this week described the inspections as overzealous and wreak havoc. On Friday, he said they were prepared to work together.
When Abbott said that lifting them was not a requirement for such arrangements with Mexico.
As conflict on the border worsened, pressure was building on Abbott to fall. The American Trucking Association described the inspections as "completely flawed, redundant, and adding substantial importance to an already strained supply chain." One customs agency in Mexico estimated the losses at millions of dollars a day, and manufacturers warned of empty shelves and higher prices if the order was not rescinded soon.
Abbot defended the trade slowdowns, but stated that he is prepared to reimpose inspections if Mexican states fail to hold up their conclusion.
Abbott said that I am not hesitant to do so.
The border between the United States and Mexico is crucial to the US economy, and more of it is in Texas roughly 1,200 kilometers (1,931 kilometers) than any other state. Last year, the United States imported $390.7 billion in goods from Mexico, the second only to China.
After being placed on the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspect trucks. Texas began its own inspections after the Biden administration declared the area would be lifted on May 23.
Abbott described the inspections as a "zero tolerance policy for unsafe automobiles," which he believes will take several actions in response to the end of asylum restrictions, which is expected to result in an increase in migrants coming to the border.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, state troopers examined more than 6,000 commercial vehicles in the last week. Nearly one out of four trucks was identified for serious violations including tires and brake failure.
During inspections, officers did not produce anything human or drug trafficking, according to the director of the Department of Public Safety, Steve McCraw. It was unsurprising, claiming that the cartels knew the inspections.
In only about 5% of CBP encounters, migrants are stopped at ports of entry. The majority cross in mountains, deserts, and cities between official crossings.
The problem with drug seizures is different, with fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and other hard narcotics being confiscated overwhelmingly at official crossings instead of between them. Their compact appearance and poor smell make them extremely difficult to detect.
Abbott has also chartered buses to Washington, DC, for migrants who wanted to go. Wednesday, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said Texas was moving migrants without "adequately coordinating" with the federal government.