While fears may be overblown, we don't see any great advantage to Imperial County in allowing Mexican truckers to cross the border and go as far as they need to go to deliver their goods.
The action taken by House of Representatives last week to not allow Mexican trucks to go beyond a 4-mile commercial zone around the U.S.-Mexico border is one that should be both good and bad for Imperial County.
While there may be a little more truck traffic, some more road strain and a bit more air pollution from Mexican trucks running back and forth in the 4-mile zone, rather than driving right through the Imperial Valley to their eventual destination, Calexico area trucking and warehousing operations would be damaged by giving Mexican trucks free passage through the country. Those businesses are dependent on the shuttle system within the 4-mile area.
We don't fully believe all the scare tactics from xenophobes and trucking union flacks regarding the condition of Mexican trucks. We don't think they would be in appreciably worse condition than U.S. trucks, particularly because they would be inspected on this side of the border more often than domestic trucks. Our concerns are about our local economy.