From trucker sieges and boat parades to highway sit-ins and bridge blockades, protesters of many ideological stripes are hitting the road and using their machines to make their case.
By Kriston Capps April 15, 2022 On April 6, Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed state troopers to ratchet up inspections of the thousands of commercial vehicles coming across the border from Mexico each day. The move was a reaction to the Biden administration’s recent decision to scrap a pandemic health policy that enabled federal officials to turn people away at the border, and it quickly snarled traffic as troopers pulled over each of the thousands of trucks that pass through the state’s international ports of entry each day. Mexico responded quickly. At least 500 truckers south of the border mounted a blockade of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, shutting down traffic on April 11 at the border crossing that processes most of the produce entering the U.S. from Mexico. Some $33 billion in trade crossed through this bridge and nearby ports of entry in Hidalgo County in 2020, according to the state comptroller’s office.
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