The White House expresses some appreciation for Texas Governor Greg Abbott after ending unnecessary commercial vehicle inspections that halted a significant portion of cross-border trade between the United States and Mexico earlier this week.
In a statement to The Independenta White House spokesman said: “We appreciate that he backed down in response to the economic harm he was causing to American businesses and consumers.
“Even in the face of a global pandemic and Putin’s war in Ukraine, Americans are getting back to work and are able to support themselves and their families with well-paying jobs. Elected officials should build on this recovery, not thwart it by causing additional problems,” the spokesperson said.
Mr Abbott, who has built a political brand by thwarting the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back Donald Trump’s border policies, imposed inspections by Texas state troopers last week after the Centers for Disease Control announced the end of the use of Title 42, a public health law that had allowed Border Patrol agents to deport migrants from South and Central America without asylum due to of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although the inspection of trucks entering the United States for contraband and unauthorized passengers is the responsibility of United States Customs and Border Protection and Mr. Abbott does not have the authority to enforce federal immigration law, Mr. Abbott nonetheless ordered state troopers to check all commercial vehicles for narcotics and illegal migrants.
The Texas Republican ended inspections, which had left commercial vehicles carrying perishable goods and major consumer goods stranded for days, after securing agreements from the governors of two Mexican states to beef up security on the Mexican side of the border.
Although Mr. Abbott has no authority to conduct foreign relations because the US constitution places that power in the hands of President Joe Biden, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed him for figuring out how to “stop trade along the border” and “creating pressure on Mexico” during a Friday interview with Fox News personality and 2020 election conspiracy theorist Maria Bartiromo.
The White House said The Independent it’s OK[s]that Mr. Abbott’s “unnecessary inspections have disrupted American manufacturing and driven up the cost of groceries and everyday items that Americans need” and noted that the Texas Agriculture Commissioner , as well as “business leaders and conservatives across America” had taken note of the “disastrous effects that Abbott’s political coup has caused” and had “called on him to reverse his decision” accordingly.
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