Do you think the U.S.-Mexico border should be opened to truck traffic?

| May 28, 2001

Abel Espino
Mexico City
“I would like it, but it would be hard for American drivers, who aren’t used to our highways. The tolls are expensive, also.”

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Facundo Monje
“I think it’s bad they won’t let us in. We can do the same thing they can, so they should let us in. These trucks are imported. Do they seem bad to you? They make four times what we make, so they want to keep the border closed. They only drive eight hours; we drive 24 hours a day, with only about four hours of sleep. The United States is the 100 percent beneficiary of all the cargo we transport. What is the problem with our trucks and drivers?”

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Franciso Torres
Mexico City
“Nafta would give us justice. We don’t want a lot more money. We just want some fairness.”

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Martin Garcia
“If the border were open, I would earn more. There would be a lot more inspections. If your truck is new, no problem. But it could be expensive for you if your truck is old.

There’s a little racism in the United States. If they find something very tiny that’s wrong with your truck, and you’re Mexican, they will make a very big deal out of it. But it’s your country, so I have to do what you say. The majority of trucks are good, not dangerous.”

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Juan Manuel Flores
“It’s true we have no maximum number of hours we can work, but we only get paid 59 cents a kilometer (about 10 cents per mile). It seems we could make more money if the border were open.”

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Yair Monroyi
“Mexican roads are a little dangerous because the trucks are so variable. Some are fast, and some are slow. I transport glass. It would be a good opportunity for me. I’d like to get to know the United States, but not live there.”

Do you think the U.S.-Mexico border should be opened to truck traffic?

| May 28, 2001

Abel Espino
Mexico City
“I would like it, but it would be hard for American drivers, who aren’t used to our highways. The tolls are expensive, also.”

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Facundo Monje
“I think it’s bad they won’t let us in. We can do the same thing they can, so they should let us in. These trucks are imported. Do they seem bad to you? They make four times what we make, so they want to keep the border closed. They only drive eight hours; we drive 24 hours a day, with only about four hours of sleep. The United States is the 100 percent beneficiary of all the cargo we transport. What is the problem with our trucks and drivers?”

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Franciso Torres
Mexico City
“Nafta would give us justice. We don’t want a lot more money. We just want some fairness.”

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Martin Garcia
“If the border were open, I would earn more. There would be a lot more inspections. If your truck is new, no problem. But it could be expensive for you if your truck is old.

There’s a little racism in the United States. If they find something very tiny that’s wrong with your truck, and you’re Mexican, they will make a very big deal out of it. But it’s your country, so I have to do what you say. The majority of trucks are good, not dangerous.”

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Juan Manuel Flores
“It’s true we have no maximum number of hours we can work, but we only get paid 59 cents a kilometer (about 10 cents per mile). It seems we could make more money if the border were open.”

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Yair Monroyi
“Mexican roads are a little dangerous because the trucks are so variable. Some are fast, and some are slow. I transport glass. It would be a good opportunity for me. I’d like to get to know the United States, but not live there.”

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