Texas economy

Securing the border is more important than Texas’ economy, says Abbott – Reform Austin

Governor Greg Abbott’s state inspections of commercial vehicles entering Mexico last week had a negative ripple effect on local commerce and the Texas economy, not even hurting the prevention of illegal immigration – what it was originally intended for.

Last week, the governor ordered state troopers to inspect trucks passing through major Texas ports of entry for human, weapons and drug trafficking. These inspections were in addition to those already carried out by federal customs authorities.

Every day at the terminal, thousands of trucks passed to drop off tons of fruits and vegetables grown in Mexico, inspections cumbersome hundreds of trucks, suppliers were forced to move their import routes to other ports of entry outside of Texas, product was damaged en route and warehouses were empty.

At McAllen, one of the busiest trading posts in the Rio Grande Valley with Mexico, Abbott’s directive hit them hard. According to The Texas Tribune, long lines at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge left truckers waiting for days, massively affecting their supply chain.

“The merchandise comes from Mexico and by the time it crosses it can go wrong, and those are losses,” said Gustavo Garcia, floor manager for Trinidad Fresh Produce, a distributor at the terminal.

The pile of rotten produce grew and many were thrown away. Garcia said he doesn’t know if retailers will still want to buy the aging products he keeps, but if they do, the price will be reduced by at least 30%, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

Even though Abbott ended the policy on Friday, the disruptions caused by the inspections will likely have lingering impacts.

Abbott said he recognizes the inspections are causing economic hardship on both sides of the border, but securing the border is more important.

“It is expected that the Mexican states with which I have negotiated agreements will do what is necessary to reduce illegal immigration, and there is the consequence that if this is not the case, inspections at 100% will be restored and could have economic repercussions.” “, Abbott said. “We will do what is necessary to ensure that we have safe and secure borders.