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U.S. almost ready to open southern border (August 01, 2002)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Department of Transportation (DOT) report has been presented to the U.S. Congress on the progress of opening the border to Mexican rigs.The report, obtained by the Associated Pres...


WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Department of Transportation (DOT) report has been presented to the U.S. Congress on the progress of opening the border to Mexican rigs.

The report, obtained by the Associated Press, says the DOT “fully expects to be in a position this summer to certify to the president that the border can be opened.”

The report also cautions there are still some areas that need work, but the DOT’s inspector general believes they can be addressed by mid-summer. Among the shortfalls: more inspectors still need to be hired, more inspection sites need to be built, inspectors need better electronic access to U.S. and Mexican databases, and the safety monitoring system for Mexican carriers is not finished.

The report also urges Congress to push Texas and New Mexico to pass laws letting state officers take action against unauthorized Mexican drivers found in the states.

So far, only 20 Mexican carriers have sought applications for permission to drive beyond the commercial zones at the border – which suggests there will be no flood of Mexican rigs pouring across the border as special interest groups in the U.S. have argued.


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