Several U.S./Mexico border crossings in Texas and California recently saw American truckers protesting a pilot program to allow up to 100 Mexican trucking companies to haul their cargo anywhere in the United States, a move also opposed by the Teamsters Union and the Sierra Club. The program is designed to test whether Mexican trucks would be able to operate on U.S. highways safely. Attorneys sued the Federal government on behalf of the Teamsters, Sierra Club, and the Ralph Nader founded watch-dog group Public Citizen to stop the program. Government lawyers argued the program is a necessary part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the trucks would meet U.S. regulations. A federal appeals court ruled the Bush administration could move ahead with the pilot program.
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