President Clinton signed NAFTA into law. One of the provisions found in NAFTA allows Mexican truckers to deliver loads anywhere in the US. President Bush set up a pilot program allowing Mexican trucks to travel across the US. Senator Obama campaigned against NAFTA suggesting that there were some things in it that needed to be addressed.Hilary's campaign claimed that an Obama representative told an Canadian official that Obama was just coming out against NAFTA just for public consumption. Congress rescinded Bush's pilot program. Mexico responded by putting import taxes on some US agricultural products.
President Obama is putting Mexican truckers back on US highways with another pilot program. Mexico relaxed its import tax penalties in response.
"This so-called pilot program is a concession to multinational corporations that send jobs to Mexico. It erodes our national security. It endangers motorists. It ignores the rampant corruption among Mexican law enforcement. It lowers wages and robs jobs from hard-working American truck drivers and warehouse workers." -Jimmy Hoffa Jr.
US drivers are also allowed to deliver loads to Mexican cities but it looks like they or their companies will be too afraid to risk driving loads into Mexico so this is a one way street. Mexican trucks are not allowed to deliver loads from one US city to another. They must deliver loads picked up in the US, formerly hauled by US drivers, into Mexico. There doesn’t seem to be anything preventing trucks from immediately turning around and delivering their loads to nearby cities in border states after touching base in Mexico.
It gets worse. The Obama administration, realizing that Mexican trucks might have safety problems, will be spending taxpayer money to bring Mexican trucks into compliance so they can compete for US trucking contracts.
"It is outrageous that we would spend tax dollars to pay for equipment on Mexican trucks; equipment which either the Mexican government or Mexican carriers should be required to pay." "It is outrageous that American truckers, through the fuel tax, will subsidize the cost of doing business for these Mexican carriers." -Rep. DeFazio