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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Mexico & US Agree to Divert Commercial Traffic Away from Texas Border

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Marcelo Ebrard and Alejandro Mayorkas meet in Washington. 'I don't think we're going to use Texas anymore,' says the economy minister.

The Mexican and United States governments have agreed to divert some northbound cross-border traffic away from Texas to New Mexico in retaliation for the strict vehicle inspection program implemented by the Lone Star State last month. Some traffic will be diverted to the border crossing between San Jerónimo, Chihuahua, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The crossing, located about 70 kilometers south of Las Cruces – New Mexico’s second-largest city – and approximately 25 kilometers west of El Paso, Texas, is set to be expanded to cope with increased commercial vehicle traffic.

The decision to divert some traffic to that crossing was taken Tuesday during a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard and the United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in Washington. It will take months to implement, the newspaper Milenio reported.

Ebrard said on Twitter that he spoke to Mayorkas about “new infrastructure for the border with New Mexico in San Jerónimo-Santa Teresa to facilitate binational transport.” Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma, and the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, were the other officials who attended the meeting.

The final decision to expand the New Mexico border crossing was taken after reaching the conclusion that Mexico couldn’t trust Texas as a trade partner. In early April, Governor Greg Abbott – who claims that the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to secure the border with Mexico – directed Texas authorities to conduct more thorough inspections of all commercial vehicles crossing into the state from Mexico in order to detect drugs and migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

The more stringent vehicle inspection program, which lasted about a week, caused long delays for truckers trying to cross into Texas and generated substantial economic losses. It was suspended after Abbott reached agreements with governors of four Mexican border states, who committed to enhancing security measures on the southern side of the border.

Ebrard accused the Texas governor of extortion for his negotiation methods with the governors of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Chihuahua, saying that Abbott had attempted to blackmail them, instead of looking for compromise. “It’s extortion. Closing the border and forcing you to sign whatever I say. That’s not an agreement, an agreement is when you and I agree on something,” he said.

To reduce Mexico’s reliance on border crossings with Texas to export products to the U.S., authorities are also considering the possibility of a rail link to the New Mexico border. “I don’t think we’re going to use Texas anymore,” Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said last week, referring to a proposed rail link to connect Mexico’s Pacific coast to the northern border via the Bajío region, a manufacturing hub. 
“We’re going to seek a [rail] connection to New Mexico because we can’t put all our eggs in one basket and be held hostage by someone who wants to use trade as a political issue,” she said.

President López Obrador accused the Texas government of acting against the principles of free trade in implementing a stricter vehicle inspection program. The measures introduced were “completely contrary to free trade” and amounted to “chicanery” on the part of Texas, he said last month. “Legally they can do it but it’s really despicable,” López Obrador said. “… Why do they do it? I believe that the governor of Texas aspires to be the Republican Party candidate,” he said, apparently referring to the U.S. 2024 presidential election.

Abbott is already in the race for November’s election to elect a new governor in Texas after winning the Republican Party nomination in April. He is currently serving his second term as governor.


  1. Biden's buffoons could not make a deal with anyone with a brain. This is pure showmanship that will amount to nothing. Mayorkas and amlo are two birds of a feather.

    1. Biden didn't do this. Texas Republicans did this and now Texas' economy will pay.

    2. 4:53 abbott's brain is exhausted from his sitting on it all his motherfucking life...
      Fack tejas and Abbott's wheelchair.

    3. Agree, both governments are inept and this is purely for show. The important products from Mexico mostly originate in the Bajio region and the closest border crossings are in Tamaulipas, NL and Coahuila.

    4. 10:55 the hell atta here with your Salmonella Justice...
      Split the baby anyway you want, but keep the pieces to yourself.
      AMLO is sending abbott and his shit to the proper crapper like the great Statesman he is, not begging for an agreement with hitler, troomp or putin.

    5. God, you're an idiot. It has NOTHING to do with Biden. Food prices will increase because you refuse to stop watching Fox News. You'll still vote red in November because you're brainwashed and these situations will continue to get worse.

    6. 12:21 God has given us life and self control, with total freedoms to decide...
      Why are you calling God an idiot?

  2. well done Abbot !...trying to stop the flow of drugs and arms the other way is a positive !...pinche changos !

  3. 8:48 shit like this will pass too.

  4. After this November, Mayorkas will be removed from office due to his incompetence.

    1. 7:50 and mayorkas will become mayor of niumecsico, governor of Las Cruces and chairman of the Board of the expropriated US/México commerce making billions of dollars for hisself...
      But you will have your poison abbott's way.

  5. They didn't even find any Drugs or People during that time , Abbott sux , IMA Voting him out this next time!!


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