1st Mexican truck to enter US interior within days


The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days, but the Teamsters union and two California congressmen haven’t given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling.

U.S. Reps. Duncan Hunter and Bob Filner joined Teamsters President James Hoffa at the border on Wednesday to take a bipartisan stand against the pilot project that will allow approved Mexican trucks to come deep into the United States. The first Mexican truck will enter Texas on Friday.

The lawmakers and Hoffa were surrounded by more than 75 union members from at least five states who attended the news conference near a major international truck crossing in San Diego. Hunter is a San Diego-area Republican, while Filner is a Democrat whose district includes California’s border with Mexico.

AP

Photo: A member of the Teamsters union holds a sign that reads, “NAFTA kills,” on a hillside during a news conference by congressmen and union leaders against the cross-border trucking program Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in San Diego. The first Mexican carrier is set to roll into the U.S. interior within days under a new agreement, but American trucking union leaders and two California congressmen haven’t given up on stopping the cross-border trucking program that had been stalled for years by safety concerns and political wrangling. (Gregory Bull/AP)