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TRUCKING DISPUTE

The Mexican ambassador is imploring President Obama to stop violating the U.S.-Mexico free-trade treaty and allow Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States.

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan defended Mexico’s decision to retaliate by imposing tariffs on 99 U.S. products and warned that U.S. and Mexican jobs are at risk the longer the White House and the Democrat-controlled Congress bows to union bosses who oppose Mexican trucks on U.S. roads.

“Why has the trucking issue proven to be so intractable? Simply put, because of protectionism,” he wrote in the Mexican Embassy’s September newsletter. “By using smoke screens and constantly moving the goal posts, opponents have voiced baseless concerns, particularly over the safety of Mexican trucks and drivers.”

The ambassador cited studies by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Congressional Research Service that found Mexican truckers and their vehicles as safe as American trucks and drivers.

More than a year ago, Congress canceled a program that allowed Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement guaranteed Mexican trucks access to the U.S. market and American trucks access to Mexico.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.