IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE SAFETY AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE MEXICAN CARGO TRUCKS ON UNITED STATES PUBLIC ROADWAYS.

Whereas, the Department of Justice under the Bush Administration is launching a “Demonstration” program allowing 100 Mexican Trucking Companies to carry goods for the first time since 1982 in the United States (in a provision from the 1994 NAFTA agreement opening roads to Mexican long haul truck drivers) despite resistance and legal battles from the Congress, labor, environmental and safety groups; and

Whereas, previously Mexican trucks off-loaded goods at the border to American truck drivers, this current program will cause a loss of American jobs, allowing cheap labor (Mexican drivers are paid 30 – 40% less than American drivers), a greater possibility of illegal cargo (drugs, guns, humans) and goods to be smuggled across state lines as well as vast amounts of new pollution to American lands and skies; and

Whereas, the American taxpayers pay for the roads, bridges and transportations systems in the United States, and are therefore entitled to full open debate and hearings on Mexican Cargo Trucks, which has been denied by calling the program “Demonstration” over “Pilot” and thereby negating the possibility of public hearings;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles Democratic Party join with the Sierra Club, Teamsters, and other labor and citizens groups to halt the program until public hearings are conducted, which will address all economic implications, public safety,  security/ smuggling concerns, environmental enforcement procedures and other concerns; and

Be it further resolved,  that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the California Congressional delegation, to the Labor and Environmental caucus and to the media to demand open and public hearings.

Submitted by:  Margie Murray, 41st AD ,Valley Democrats United – Vice President
LACDP Resolutions Committee member

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee 11/6/07

Passed by Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 11/13/07