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Old 09-11-2007, 11:48 PM
 
Location: In an illegal immigrant free part of the country.
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The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to block funding for a Bush administration test program to let Mexican long-haul trucks (broken link)operate in the United States under 1994's North American Free Trade Agreement.

I watched the debates and there was overwhelming support to block letting these trucks run our highways.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:12 AM
 
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This is good news. Now if it can only pass both houses with a veto proof majority.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:41 AM
 
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I really believe it has NO chance of passing. One of the requirements is that they have records of the drivers and their trucks. Mexico keeps no records.
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Old 09-12-2007, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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This is the best news I've heard all day, thanks citigirl. I was too busy trucking to keep track of what was going on, I didn't even realize there was a move in the Senate to block it and hopefully keep mexican trucks where they belong.
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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This is the best news I've heard all day, thanks citigirl. I was too busy trucking to keep track of what was going on, I didn't even realize there was a move in the Senate to block it and hopefully keep mexican trucks where they belong.
The vote was overwhelming in blocking this. On a second vote there was even more support to block it! Are they starting to listen to the American citizens?
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Hooray! I might be pro-immigration, but this program stinks.

I would like to see some way of making commerce more efficient rather than unloading/reloading a bunch of semis 25 miles from the border. However, letting companies hire lower-paid, over-worked, under-regulated Mexican drivers to haul loads all over the country in aging, polluting, poorly-maintained rigs was a terrible idea.
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:32 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Someone told me that letting the trucks in was a provision of NAFTA. Does anyone know if that is true?
Thanks...fox
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Someone told me that letting the trucks in was a provision of NAFTA. Does anyone know if that is true?
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Yes, it is a provision of NAFTA - and, it is/was reciprocal. American trucks traveling throughout Mexico.

I support this measure by the Congress. However, I question how, legally, after the Congress ratified NAFTA, which included this provision, they can cut out a singular part.
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:09 PM
 
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Yes, it is a provision of NAFTA - and, it is/was reciprocal. American trucks traveling throughout Mexico.

I support this measure by the Congress. However, I question how, legally, after the Congress ratified NAFTA, which included this provision, they can cut out a singular part.
Congress can cut out this provision because part of that provision is that Mexico must provide safety records of the trucks and the drivers. Mexico keeps no records and has none to show for any truck or driver. Let's hope Mexico remains incompetent and never provides them.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Burlington, VT
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I question how, legally, after the Congress ratified NAFTA, which included this provision, they can cut out a singular part.

If congress ratified NAFTA, they shouldn't pick and choose which parts they want to stick to. If canadian trucks can cross the border freely, Mexican trucks should be able to do the same.
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