First Ever Cross-Border Trucking Program
Never before has a Mexican trucker been able to cross the border without having to stop in the United States and unload the truck. But tomorrow a Transportes Olympic tractor trailer driver will do just that. Our Lauren Kendrick has more on that story.
"It all goes back to the 1990's when the NAFTA negotiators knew that this would happen back then."
TAMIU economics professor Dr. Bill Gruben says a union group, the teamsters, had pressured Congress to outlaw Mexican trucks from traveling deep into the United States.
He says that ten years ago Mexico appealed that rule.
"The court decided unanimously against the United States and in favor of Mexico."
Friday will mark the first time that a trucker from Mexico won't have to stop in Laredo to unload the products.
The trucker will go straight from Apodaca Nuevo Leon, Mexico up to Garland near Dallas.
"Naturally the teamsters are very upset about it. They're demonstrating and saying that the Mexico truckers shouldn't come to the United States because they don't want to go to Mexico."
But professor Gruben feels there's another reason why the truckers from Mexico aren't being accepted in this new role.
"The real reason they don't want Mexican truckers to come here is because they will not make as much money driving trucks."
With the truckers from Mexico no longer having to stop in Laredo some are worried that will affect the local economy but Gruber says only time will tell.
"One could go in the other direction and say well these truckers are coming straight through so they're going to need more gas."
The trucker is expected to be in Mexico around noon. It could take a few hours to cross the border by the time all of the fan fare is finished.