My daddy always told me not to bring a knife to a gun fight. Well, one person has. I will debunk him, and tell you how to take action to upset him more. Mexican trucks coming across the border is not safe, period. "Mexico Trucker", whom I believe works for Easo Grupo in Mexico (Easo was owned by M.S. Carriers, whom everyone knows was bought out by Swift), has went on all out rants against anyone who doesn't want them in the U.S. I have no solid proof towards this, but it's a good guess considering how much the big companies have to gain from Mexican trucks coming across.He's accused The Teamsters, OOIDA, and I, among others of what would come down to fear mongering. Well, here, I will show you the realistic facts to show where the fear is based, and entirely correct to have. I will also tell you what to do to try and stop this.
I think the Teamsters summed up best, opening the borders is dumb! They are adamant against this, as is many others. I've been in contact with the Teamsters and Ms. Taylor at OOIDA regarding this. We need to be as united as possible with these matters, and I have no issue extending my support to them to get what needs to get done done.
What YOU need to know! 1. Illegal immigration would increase through human smuggling:
A. Border Wars on the National Geographic Channel
B. The Library Index
D. Breit Bart
E. One Old Vet
2. The cartels are a major issue. They will only get more powerful if the borders open for Mexican trucks to come over. That is just a given. They are already starting to take over stateside. Now, "Mexico trucker" is claiming the Cartels being unsafe for regular people is just horse wash. Please decide for yourself with the following links:
A. CBS DFW
B. John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, on Fox News
C. Mexican Army soldiers decapitated by the Cartels
D. Cartel kidnappings in AMERICA
E. Cartel Mass Grave
3. Primarily, most large amounts of drugs moving into the U.S. is moved by the Mexican Cartels via semis. Please note; American truckers do not go into Mexico. Mexican trucks can enter our country however due to the cross-border forwarding companies. This being said, it would come as no shock that illegal drug smuggling would almost certainly increase:
A. U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center
B. USA Today
C. The Truckers Report
D. Los Angeles Times
4. The border patrol has been in dire need of funds and manpower for years. (Yes, Mexico Trucker, they are one in the same, which shows what credence to the truth you have, and are tied into homeland security.) As they continue to struggle financially, they will need to step up with more enforcement at the borders in order to maintain control:
A. CNS News
B. Info Wars
C. New Mexico Independent
D. Friends of the Border Patrol
E. My Fox Austin
5. Although reports are conflicting, all reports on the border plan to allow Mexican trucks to come over in compliance of NAFTA, have stated the U.S. tax payers will be paying for the Mexican trucks to be compliant. Yet, you won't be paying for the American trucks. Why should we continue giving money to help the Mexicans when our people need help?
A. $60 billion estimated that illegals make in our country a year
B. Total annual costs of illegals is estimated at over $1 billion
C. Using the Highway Trust Fund, Mexican trucks will be replacing old exhaust with new catalytic converters, at the cost of $1,600 per truck
D. $4.3 million will be given for Electronic On Board Recorders to
E. This on top of the amount spent during the last pilot program for EOBR's, and the cost we will be paying to keep them running.
Now, if you've clicked on all the links for my five major arguing points, your blood may be boiling already, and you may be vehemently against Mexican trucks based on safety issues. I know I have been voicing my dismay about Mexican trucks, and so has Sandy Long. Another issue is jobs. There are just no solid figures yet to properly project this concern. But here's the clencher. It says nothing about ensuring these drivers will be proficient at English. Federal DOT and CSA requirements state that drivers must be proficient in English to be able operate a commercial motor vehicle in this country. The UT P.O.E. shut a driver down for the inability to do so just yesterday, according to Brian Rogers.
What can you do? Continue being my 100 volunteers, but expand in a huge way. The actual docket hit the Federal Register TODAY! Unlike most amendments, we only have 30 days to respond. It's easy to comment, and doesn't take much time. Please, go here, and comment that we don't want Mexican trucks, and that NAFTA needs to be rewritten! Remind them we pay the taxes, and we vote!
In the pursuit of fairness, I've been working with R. L. Carter since the shutdown on getting the messages out.
The lawyer with R. L. Carter Trucking recently sent me an email. The former employees of R. L. Carter still need to contact Mr. Rich Swanson, the lawyer pursuing this case. Here is his statement:
We are continuing to investigate what legal options are available to the former employees of R.L. Carter Trucking, Inc. (“Carter”) at this time. We believe that, at the very least, up to $600 of the wages they are owed may be protected under Indiana law and it also appears that we may be able to file an administrative claim in the bankruptcy case for the entire amount that is owed to the employees.
Any interested Carter employees may contact our firm for additional information. Our office number is (317) 637-2345 or you can email attorney Richard Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, drivers, do what's right by you and contact Mr. Swanson. I will, as always, keep you posted if any other changes occur.
The ATA supports it, the democratics support it, no one that's bureaucratic seems to see the issue at hand. Let me outline some stuff!
1. There is not a driver shortage. Whoever is trying to push these brainwashed untruths need to stop listening to one or two sources. There is a shortage of qualified, professional drivers. There is no shortage of those who are a danger to everyone out on the road. Just ask the drivers out here every day.
2. In this economy, forwarders and American freight being ran by American truckers will help this economy. We already have Canadian truckers hauling freight, we don't need another country in the mix as well.
3. The public safety is at risk with this one.
A. There is a MAJOR cartel issue in the border states. These cartels grow
stronger daily, and sneakier. How are we to keep them from completely
taking over if we open the borders to all. Mexican trucks? In short, we
can't ensure it.
B. There is an illegal immigration issue. True, the drivers in Mexico honestly make more per mile than American truckers. The issue here is there's no guarantee that once upon entering, these drivers would actually exit.
C. Our border patrol is overwhelmed as is. With no money going into the
system, they can't afford to hire even more agents more. This means more
stuff would get past the screening areas and into the U.S.
4. Apparently, the American taxpayer should foot the bill for the EOBR's (electronic on board recorders). That's right, you will pay to ensure they drive in your country legally. Uncle Sam, we already pay for all of Mexico's illegal immigrants to live off of welfare while they funnel millions, if not billions, back to Mexico, every year. Please, quit making us pay for their country!
5. I remember the last time they did the cross border program with Mexico, I lived in Texas. CMV "at fault" accidents sky rocketed. Why?
A. They brought over the best trucks Mexico across the border for the pilot program. Once they opened the border to a total of 100 outfits, the trucks
were scary and unsafe.
B. Unlike Canada, there is no structured method for HOS (hours of service).
The truck crossing into the U.S. border could've driven 4 hours straight
before entering or 40, there's no way of knowing.
6. The Federal DOT and CSA both have laws stating you must be proficient at the English language to drive a CMV in the United States. There's enough drivers out here breaking that law due to lack of enforcement. Do we need even more?
In short, this doesn't need to happen. This is to avoid tariffs. Politicians, please be aware there are tariffs due to the facts you are making the taxes so high that the companies are taking the American jobs to other countries. Why don't we get rid of NAFTA altogether and bring the American jobs back?
What you 100 can do (you don't have to be a trucker to be part of the 100):
1. Call every politician, even your mayors.
2. Email every politician, even your mayor.
3. Write (snail mail) ever politician, even your mayor.
4. Get all your friends (even your pet if he can legally write) to do the same.
5. Start a petition in your town. Sit in front of your grocery store, or bring it to your church.
One way or another, get as many people to tell the politicians that the American people don't want this!
Thank you in advance for your efforts! Till next time..............