Dozens of truckers rallied at Mexican border crossings in California and Texas Thursday to protest a pilot program to allow up to 100 Mexican trucking companies to haul their cargo anywhere in the United States.Carrying signs reading “NAFTA Kills” and “Unsafe Mexican Trucks,” a few dozen protesters circled in the heat for two hours at Laredo’s port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“What do we want? Safe highways. When do we want them? Now!” they chanted.

The U.S. Transportation Department issued the first permit Thursday to Transportes Olympic, based in a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico. It won the permit after Mexico granted authority to Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution Inc. of El Paso, Texas, to travel anywhere in Mexico.

Both companies can cross the border immediately but may not do so for several days while they determine new routes, said John Hill, who runs the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates truck safety.

“What we’re hearing from the carriers is they could be ready to go as soon as days from now,” Hill told reporters on a conference call from Washington.

The U.S. plans to give as many as 25 Mexican firms permission by the end of September and add another 25 companies each month until hitting 100 by the end of this year under the one-year program, Hill said.

Mexico has also committed to allow as many as 100 U.S. firms anywhere in Mexico by the end of this year, he said, and 14 are poised to receive permission.

So far, 38 Mexican trucking firms have been prescreened to go anywhere in the U.S., Hill said.

The Teamsters union, Sierra Club and watchdog group Public Citizen had sued to stop the program, arguing there wouldn’t be enough oversight of drivers, but a federal appeals court ruled the Bush administration could move ahead. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN: North American Union?

August 21, 2007

Lou Dobbs of CNN discussed the the plans of Canada, Mexico and the United States merging into one nation as the North American Union.

At the end of this video segment from Lou Dobbs Tonight, he asked the viewers if they were able to vote on the North American Union, how they’d vote?

[Note: At the time of publishing this blog entry, 98% (approx. 8598-to-216 votes) of people said Yes, the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) does threaten our sovereignty. SPP is not favored by the American public.]

Lawmakers’ letter warns ‘stealth’ effort to ‘harmonize’ could undermine security

Twenty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives – 21 Republicans and a Democrat – are urging President Bush to back off his North American integration efforts when he attends the third summit meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America next week in Montebello, Quebec.

They make it clear that continuing any such agenda at this point would be disregarding growing apprehension in Congress about the plans.

“As you travel to Montebello, Canada later this month for a summit with your Canadian and Mexican counterparts, we want you to be aware of serious and growing concerns in the U.S. Congress about the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) you launched with these nations in 2005,” the letter said.

While the letter authors express their support for the president’s “desire to promote good relations with our neighbors to the north and south,” they are worried about the secretive manner in which SPP is being conducted and concerned it “may actually undermine our security and sovereignty.” Read the rest of this entry »

In a strongly worded warning to all Canadians, (after Stephen Harper reneged on his promises over resource revenues and circumvented the intent of the Atlantic Accord contract), Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams said, “Be careful, if he can do it to us he can do it to you”.

There may never have been a more prophetic statement made by a Canadian politician.

Bend over and grit your teeth Canada because you’re about to “have it done to you” in a big way.

Williams’ words might just prove far more accurate than anyone thought at the time.

Next week, on August 20 and 21, Stephen Harper, George Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will spend a couple of days quietly sequestered at a hotel in Montebello, Quebec, a location that will not be open to the public or the press. No cameras will be permitted inside and public discussion of what takes place in those meetings will be tightly controlled and managed by the three leaders.

While camped out at the Chateau Montebello, a luxury hotel in Quebec, the three will discuss what is being called the “Security and Prosperity Partnership” or SPP. While SPP is officially being spun as little more than an opportunity for the three amigos to discuss security and prosperity many critics are calling the SPP a case of NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement) on steroids. SPP was initiated in March 2005 at a summit of the Canadian, U.S., and Mexican leaders.

The SPP exists only as a verbal entity and is not found in any official treaty or identified in any government legislation. Instead SPP is based on private discussions between the leaders themselves and closed-door meetings with big business, lobbyists and political insiders. Read the rest of this entry »