After a week of growing outrage and worries of greater economic losses, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday rescinded his traffic-clogging immigration order that held up commercial vehicles at the US-Mexico border.
The Republican governor rescinded his new rules requiring all commercial vehicles entering the United States from Mexico to undergo further inspections in an effort to stem the flow of migrants and narcotics, ratcheting up a conflict with the Biden administration over immigration policy.
Several trucks stated that they waited more than 30 hours to cross. Others protested by blocking one of the world’s busiest trading crossings.
Abbott, who is up for reelection in November and has made the border his primary priority, removed the inspections completely after striking deals with neighboring Mexican states that he claims define new pledges to border security. The most recent agreement was reached with the governor of Tamaulipas, who claimed earlier last week that the inspections were excessive and caused turmoil. On Friday, he joined Abbott and declared their readiness to collaborate.
When Abbott initially ordered the inspections, he made no mention of suspending them pending such negotiations with Mexico.
As the border bottleneck intensified, pressure mounted on Abbott to resign. The American Trucking Association described the checks as “completely ineffective, redundant, and adding significant burden to an already overburdened supply chain.” One Mexican customs agency anticipated daily losses in the millions of dollars, while product wholesalers warned of bare shelves and increased pricing if the order is not overturned immediately.
Abbot recognized the slowdowns in trade but expressed no sorrow. He indicated that he was willing to reinstate inspections if Mexican states failed to live up to their half of the bargain.
“I have no reservations whatsoever,” Abbott stated.