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Truckers protest 'enhanced' inspections at Mexico border | USA TODAY


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new inspections have more than doubled wait times for truckers entering the U.S., threatening to impact the supply chain.

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Hundreds of trucks lined up Tuesday at the Zaragoza International Bridge connecting El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Some truckers slept in their cabs. Others stood outside for fresh air. One skipped rope to pass the time.

What began as border crossing delays last weekend turned into protests this week at crossings that handle $440 billion in goods annually. Truckers usually wait two or three hours to cross the Rio Grande here. After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced new state trooper inspections at ports of entry, truckers this week suddenly found themselves in 10-plus hour lines.

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