The Laredo Times reports:
Gov. Greg Abbott increasing inspections of commercial trucks entering from Mexico in the hopes of staunching illegal smuggling activity resulted in zero migrants detentions or illegal drug seizures, despite allegedly costing the Lone Star State billions of dollars.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller stated in an email to supporters this week that the enhanced truck inspections cost Texas consumers and businesses an estimated $4.3 billion “despite not catching a single illegal alien or confiscating a single gram of illegal drugs.”
The Texas Tribune reports:
State troopers ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott to inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico earlier this month — which clogged international trade with Mexico — found zero drugs, weapons or any other type of contraband, according to data released by the Department of Public Safety to The Texas Tribune.
Earlier this month, Abbott ordered troopers to thoroughly inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico’s four border states in what he described as an effort to stop illegal drugs and migrants from being smuggled into Texas.
DPS Director Steve McCraw said at a Friday news conference with Abbott that the reason troopers hadn’t found any drugs or migrants in commercial trucks is because drug cartels “don’t like troopers stopping them, certainly north of the border, and once that started, we’ve seen a decreased amount of trafficking across bridges — common sense.”
Gov. Abbott’s increased inspections resulted in zero migrants detentions or illegal drug seizures, despite allegedly costing the Lone Star State billions of dollars. https://t.co/VPw3IUiujR
— Chron (@chron) April 22, 2022
What did Greg Abbott’s border inspections turn up? Oil leaks, flat tires and zero drugs https://t.co/TvZR3PVTUj
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 21, 2022