Mexican Governor Promised to Work with Texas Gov. Abbott in Curbing Illegal Migration

Abbott will dial back border measures on trucks exporting goods from Mexico in exchange for more focus on curbing illegal migration.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling his exchange with the governor of Mexico’s Nuevo Leon province on border security, according to Breitbart News
  • Gov. Samuel Garcia Sepulveda agreed to create more enhanced border security on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
  • Abbott promised to end his newly implemented stringent safety trucks that are bringing goods from area factories and farms. 
  • The Texas governor made his comments at a press conference where he addressed the problem of illegal immigration and denounced President Joe Biden’s plan to end the Title 42 legal barrier in late May. 
  • Abbott’s deal with Sepulveda will allow a previously laboriously clogged border crossing to flow more easily, allowing for easier transport of Mexican commercial goods into the United States. 
  • The Texas governor’s political rival, Robert Frances “Beto” O’Rourke, had claimed Abbott’s attempt at border security was “killing businesses” along the border. 
ABBOTT’S PROMISE ON ILLEGAL MIGRATION:
  • “Governor [Samuel] Garcia [Sepulveda] and I reached an agreement today … [he] has begun and will continue enhancing border security enforcement measures on the Nuevo Leon side of the border, both at ports of entry and alongside the Rio Grande River, to prevent illegal immigration,” Abbott said during his press conference, according to Breitbart News.
  • “The Texas Department of Public Safety can return to its previous practice [and] The effect of this will be that the bridge from Nuevo Leone and Texas will return to normal, effective immediately. Right now. It will remain that way as long as the Nuevo Leon executes this historic agreement.”
  • “I look forward to working with all of them toward achieving results similar to what we are achieving today with Governor Garcia. Until, however, those agreements are reached with those states, the Texas Department of Public Safety will continue to thoroughly inspect vehicles entering into the United States from every Mexican state except Nuevo Leon.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Bridges at Nuevo Leon were reopened following the agreement, according to The El Paso Times.
  • Previously, truckers had spent around two or three hours waiting to cross into El Paso from Juá rez.
  • Some of the recent security measures put into place by Abbott had trucks waiting in lines for often more than 10 hours.