Texas drops border-clogging inspections at final checkpoint

Texas drops border-clogging inspections at final checkpoint
Photo credit Office of the Governor of Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed an agreement with the Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico for that state to step up its border security efforts.

In return, Gov. Abbott says he will allow the Texas Department of Public Safety to go back to normal inspections of commercial vehicles at border checkpoints in that region. That means Texas has effectively repealed the intensive inspections that created massive backlogs at border checkpoints in the past few days.

"Because Tamaulipas has increased security on the Mexico side of the border and is committed contain low water crossings of illegal immigrants, the Texas Department of Public Safety can return to random searches of vehicles crossing all of the bridges from Tamaulipas," Gov. Abbott said during a news conference with Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca in Weslaco. "They will remain that way as long as Tamaulipas executes this historic agreement."

The time for trucks to cross the border from Mexico into Texas shot up from less than 30 minutes to several hours after the inspection policy was put into place. One checkpoint had even more significant delays due to protests.

Gov. Abbott reached a series of border security agreements with all four Mexican states that border Texas for them to boost their security efforts in exchange for dropping the inspections policy. He says Texas could re-impose the inspection policy if those Mexican border security efforts prove to be unsuccessful.

He also used his news conference on Friday to call for President Biden to change federal immigration enforcement policies.

"We're gathered at an event today solely because Biden is not doing his job," Gov. Abbott said. "Because Biden is not doing his job, it's left to Texas to come up with strategies to more effectively secure the border. This is one of those strategies."

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