Letters to the Editor

Border issue

May 3, 2007

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To the editor:

The U.S. Department of Transportation is poised to kick the border wide open to trucks from Mexico operating throughout the United States. This will have a very real effect on all highway users.

DOT says safety and security programs are in place. This is a joke!

Truckers in the United States must hold a valid commercial driver's license with 10 years of driving history. For the Mexican equivalent, we won't know if these drivers are trained as truckers or terrorists.

U.S. truckers are required to be drug and alcohol tested and to follow hours of service regulations for driving time. No such regulations exist in Mexico.

DOT says every truck will be inspected at the border. Not likely. They inspect less than 4 percent right now. And what will these trucks haul into the United States? Could be people or drugs or dirty bombs. We won't know.

Why the rush to open the border? The answer is money. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes we need more trucks and cheaper labor. So safety is compromised and American drivers lose their jobs. Doesn't sound like anyone in this country wins.

Right now, there are definitely more questions than answers. And until the DOT can assure the public that Mexican trucks are just as safe as U.S. trucks, the border must stay closed.

Raymond Stockton,

Baldwin City

Comments

KS 8 years ago

I don't know if the US Chamber is for this, but I do believe this to be part of NAFTA, which I believe was implemented during the Clinton administration. I think we MUST do whatever we can to keep our roads safe and I don't see this action doing that.

imastinker 8 years ago

I've heard a lot about this on the CB, but I believe DOT will be all over them just like they are all over our trucks.

Staci Dark Simpson 8 years ago

Did you guys hear anything about a drug bust in KC that also turned up a bunch of illegals yesterday?

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Another way to keep wages low in america. Inspectors can be bought off by trucking firms just like the meth traffickers buy off border law enforcement. There is not enough law enforcement bodies to be serious about any regulation enforcement. Get real.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

this letter is %100 correct!!!!! this is a very serious issue of safety and security. call any politician and tell them to stop this now. there's some big truck to rail terminal going in in KC, with land that is officially mexican property for some kinda transshipment. this transshipment point and the general wave given to mex trucks/truckers endangers all of us.


I don't know if the US Chamber is for this, but I do believe this to be part of NAFTA, which I believe was implemented during the Clinton administration.

absolutely correct...so for once, don't blame GWB. however, GWB should hear from us to stop this.

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