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Texas State Police to Begin Border Vehicle Checks After Migrant Tragedy

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(Bloomberg) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott said state police will resume inspection of vehicles crossing the border from Mexico in response to the deadly migrant tragedy that killed 53 people this week.

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The checks will target tractor-trailers “like the one that was used where these people perished,” Abbott said during a media briefing in the border town of Eagle Pass on Wednesday. “We want to step up and make sure that we will do more to better secure this area.”

The Republican leader of the second-largest US state provided few details about where inspections will take place or how many officers will be deployed. But in addition to the checks, two “strike teams” will be created to deter and apprehend “unlawful” migrants, and state officials are negotiating with property owners on the US side for permission to erect barriers to prevent crossings, Abbott said.

Dozens of men, women and children perished inside of a truck in San Antonio earlier this week during searing temperatures. US authorities launched a human smuggling investigation and the Mexican government said more than half of those who died were its nationals. The truck passed through checkpoints without being inspected by US agents, Abbott said.

The grim discovery of the truck stacked with corpses on Monday triggered a fierce debate over immigration and border-security policies, and has become a flashpoint in state and national politics.

Abbott’s inspection plan comes little more than two months after a prior such program was suspended after Mexican state governors promised to enhance vehicle checks on their side of the border. The governor’s inspections had been roundly criticized by politicians and business leaders in both nations -- and even within Abbott’s own political party -- as an economic disaster as everything from fruit to auto parts were backed up by long wait times at the border.

Abbott has seized on this week’s truck tragedy to launch broadsides against President Joe Biden and Democratic gubernatorial challenger Beto O’Rourke, both Democrats that the governor has painted as soft on border issues.

“We’ve seen increased brazenness by cartels that feel empowered because we do not have a federal government that is pushing back against those cartels,” Abbott said. “Many of these deaths could be prevented if Biden simply fully funded the border-patrol operation of the United States of America, and implemented the policies the Border Patrol needs.”

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