Abbott faces pressure to halt truck inspections slowing trade at Mexico border

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is under pressure from Mexican truckers and his own state agriculture commissioner to end his new policy of reinspecting commercial trucks crossing the southern border, a move meant to crack down on cartel smuggling that has instead slowed trade.

As a blockade by Mexican truckers for a second day dramatically slowed traffic across the Pharr International Bridge that connects Reynosa, Mexico, to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a Republican, called on Abbott to stop the inspection immediately Tuesday.

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