Homeland Security Chief Questioned about Mexican Pilot Program
The federal Mexican Pilot Program has drawn a lot of fire from American trucking companies and the Teamsters Union. There’s a lot of confusion among truck drivers about what is actually proposed in the bill. The latest developments don’t seem to help lay that concern to rest for many in the trucking industry.
In 2006, Congress approved the Safe Port Act “ requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to draft guidelines for federal, state and local law enforcement related to cross-border trucking and that department’s jurisdiction no later than April 2008.
Nearly four years later, the cross-border guidelines have yet to be presented.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-NY, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, asked DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday to answer several questions about Mexican trucking, including whether the secretary can provide a timeline for when she expects the department to issue the guidelines.