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By Dr. Derek Ellerman
The White House has a new boogeyman to blame for record inflation. Move over, ‘Putin’s Price Hike,’ now it’s Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s fault.
Of course, the inflation surge started long before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, but politics is all about blaming someone else.
Enter Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who recently ordered extra inspections of trucks coming across the border in light of out-of-control illegal immigration and an expected massive surge of people once Biden lifts pandemic-era Title 42 restrictions.
Texas border crossings are a mess for commercial truck traffic right now
– In El Paso, on avg supposed to take 38 mins to get trucks over. Instead over 2 hours.
-In Laredo (pictured below), wait just hit 3 hrs
Why? Many blaming Gov. Abbott and his new truck inspections pic.twitter.com/75IoRZWRpW
— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) April 12, 2022
“Gov. Abbott’s unnecessary and redundant inspections of trucks transiting ports of entry between Texas and Mexico are causing significant disruptions to the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, impacting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country,” Psaki said in a statement.
Abbott’s order calls for Texas state troopers to check commercial trucks coming over the border.
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The move is proving unpopular – particularly among Mexican truckers.
The Hill reports that Mexican truckers are now blockading the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge – which connects the eponymous American and Mexican cities over the Rio Grande River.
The blockade is causing major disruptions.
There’s definitely an argument to be made that the inspections have backfired in terms of causing supply disruptions. Even some of Abbott’s fellow Texas Republicans have argued as much.
On the other hand, as Abbott argues, the move is meant to stem human and drug trafficking. And clearly, the federal government has no interest or ability to do that job. So who is left to do it?
Were Mexican truckers upset enough about human and drug trafficking to take action about that?
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller blasted Governor Greg Abbott’s “catastrophic” crackdown on cross-border trucking and warned it will lead to food shortages https://t.co/lrm7ikzI5D
— Bloomberg (@business) April 12, 2022
Title 42 And Coming Surge
The expected surge in attempted border crossings once the Biden administration lifts pandemic-era Title 42 restrictions – which allowed officials to turn away illegal immigrants as a public health concern – are no joke.
Biden’s own Department of Homeland Security is warning that “it is preparing for an influx of as many as 18,000 immigrants per day later this year.”
18,000. Per day.
Some rough back-of-the-napkin math makes that over 500,000 per month. If we faced those levels for a year, that would be almost 6.5 million.
Such a scenario is mind-boggling. “Disaster” doesn’t begin to describe it – though according to The Hill, that’s exactly how at least one Democrat strategist described it: “I think this is going to be a biblical disaster. This is the reality we are in as Democrats and no one wants to face it.”
Meanwhile, the Feds are sending billions of dollars thousands of miles away to Ukraine while this disaster on our own border looms.
It’s cliché to say “at least someone’s doing something about it” in regards to Abbott’s inspection move. And it may even be the wrong move, if the figures are correct and commercial traffic has dropped 60% since the order.
But the crisis on the border must be addressed. It is a national security issue.
18,000 per day.
Wouldn’t it be something if American politicians and actually put the American people first?