2013 Cross Border Trucking Audit finds few problems in FMCSA’s Border truck enforcement.

In it’s annual report on the state of cross border trucking with Mexico, the USDOT Inspector General found that FMCSA was generally in compliance with rules established by Congress in 2002 generally referred to as Section 350(c). This years report covered deficiencies pertaining to bus inspections at border crossings suggesting that few if any problems were found with the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico…

Collision between Bus and Tanker Trailer kills both drivers in Puebla-Orizaba toll road

An early morning collision between a bands tour bus and a tanker trailer left both drivers dead and the toll road between Puebla and Orizaba closed for several hours. The collision occurred this morning at 05:15 at kilometer 125 when a tour bus belonging to the internationally known Mexican musical group Banda Machos struck the rear end of a tanker trailer carrying 5,000 liters of…

US Trucker Jabin Akeem Bogan’s “mistaken entry” into Mexico questioned once again.

Jabin Akeem “Wrong Way” Bogan, the US trucker from Dallas, arrested in April when he “mistakenly” crossed the US border into Mexico with 268,000 rounds of NATO grade ammunition, has maintained through his attorney and his mommy, that it was all a horrendous mistake. The result of “bad information” from a uniformed officer on the US side of the Bridge of the Americas and a…

OOIDA asks “Is it racist to oppose the Mexican cross-border program?”

That’s the question being posed on the Landline Now Media blog by Sandi Soendker, and it’s a valid question. The obvious answer to the question is of course, no. However, in their absence of a credible argument opposing the cross border trucking program with Mexico, OOIDA and other opponents are knowingly and willfully preying on the ignorance and prejudices of their members and the public…

Where’s the outrage? OOIDA not concerned about our porous borders – At least one of them

Mark Reddig is on the radio exhorting his listeners that the Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico will “destroy” the US trucking industry. The August issue of OOIDA’s in house rag, LAND LINE is being pimped on the same program with emphasis on their headline story DOT’s DOG & PONY SHOW, an article where they showcase their “expertise” on the southern border from their ivory…

National Call to Action – Mexican Cross Border Trucking Proposal

Time for readers and other interested parties to call their assorted Senators and Congress critters and ask them to support the proposed Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico which would bring the United States into compliance with it’s international obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The legal retaliatory tariff’s Mexico but on 99 US export products has cost more than 25,000 Americans…

Hoffa: Plan to Open Border to Unsafe Mexican Trucks Is Reckless

As expected, James P. Hoffa came out with the expected denouncement of FMCSA’s announced Cross Border Pilot Program with Mexico late this after noon, and Hoffa didn’t disappoint using his tired worn out mantra of “unsafe” Mexican trucks to lead off his rant. And, as expected, he is using the targeted violence in Mexico as an excuse saying that his union members will vigorously oppose…

Along the Border – Immeasurable fear overrules reality

MATAMOROS — Violence in this border city, residents say, is often left unreported by authorities yet exaggerated when caught on tape by the media, making it difficult to measure. But if there is some certainty in the muddle of misinformation, many say it is this: Fear is ravaging the public perception of Matamoros. People no longer cross as frequently into the Mexican border city as…

Mexico to be represented in Rose Parade – First time in 40 years

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence and 100 years since the country’s revolution, the Mexican government is sponsoring its first Rose Parade float in over 40 years. “With this float we’re going to tell 40 million people watching on TV that it’s Mexico’s birthday,” said Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez, the Mexican consul general in Los Angeles. “There’s no better way to do it.”

Mexico will decriminalize some drug use

MEXICO CITY — Could Mexican cities become Latin Amsterdams, flooded by drug users seeking penalty-free tokes and toots? That is the fear, if somewhat overstated, of some Mexican officials, especially in northern border states that serve as a mecca for underage American drinkers. The Mexican legislature has voted quietly to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs, an effort…

The fallacy of Mexico as a failing state

Yann Kerevel writes at Allterdestiny; f anyone has been following headline’s in the U.S. press about Mexico in the last month or two, you might have noticed a lot of alarmist and sensationalist garbage being thrown around suggesting that Mexico is coming close to collapse, is a “failed state” or a “narco state.” Fox news has been spreading this message, along with a number of…

Mexico’s Social Security (IMSS) wins useless bureaucracy award

MEXICO CITY — Here was a contest no Mexican bureaucrat wanted to win. A months-long quest to identify the most nightmarish examples of Mexico’s famously nightmarish red tape ended Thursday with a verdict: The nation’s Social Security agency reigns supreme among government bureaucracies that drive Mexicans nuts. President Felipe Calderon bestowed the dubious honor on the federal agency as part of a contest to find…

Gods Gachupines and Gringos – A People’s History of Mexico

I recently received an advance copy of the new book by author Richard Grabman, Gods Gachupines and Gringos with a request by the author to review it. Being an avid reader with more than a thousand books in my collection, I was pleased to do so.   Gods Gachupines and Gringos is a complete people’s history of Mexico, written in a non academic manner that…

Bad Roads and Bandits? Not in my Mexico

  Not much happening in the world on this lazy Sunday evening so courtesy of my friend at The Mex Files, we’ll put this video out there for you to enjoy. Besides some great sounds by the group Los Felinos de la Noche, it’s got some good behind the wheel video of Mexican highway 57, a road I’ve traveled many times. You’ll be hard pressed…

Border News Shorts – Dope Falls from 18 wheeler – Border Patrol recruits “Bubbas” in SC and Georgia

Border Patrol recruits “Bubba’s” in South Carolina, Georgia The U.S. Border Patrol brings its hiring blitz South this weekend. The agency recruits in four locations on Saturday in South Carolina and Georgia. Two years ago, President Bush said he wanted to hire 6,000 more Border Patrol agents by the end of 2008. The agency needs to hire more than 800 by Dec. 31 to meet…

Former President Vicente Fox – Champion of Democratic Values

SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico – Eighteen months after leaving office, former President Vicente Fox is taking a page from Jimmy Carter’s playbook and engineering his legacy as a champion of democratic values and government transparency at home and abroad. In a wide-ranging interview at his ranch near historic Guanajuato, Fox discussed his new projects and chided the United States for abdicating its role as global leader,…

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE ISSUES PROVISIONAL MEASURES TO PREVENT IMMINENT VIOLATION OF U.S. TREATY OBLIGATIONS

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (MTN) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today determined that the United States must take “all measures necessary” to prevent the executions of José Medellín and four other Mexican nationals sentenced to death in the state of Texas. The order will remain in effect until the ICJ resolves Mexico’s request for interpretation of its 2004 Judgment in Avena and Other Mexican…