Gov. Greg Abbott Accused of Extortion Amid Title 42 Blockage

The increased inspections created a massive backlog at border arterial routes.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon, minister of foreign affairs of Mexico. Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon, minister of foreign affairs of Mexico. Credit: Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security is poised to move forward with ending a Trump-era policy known as Title 42. The policy grants government authorities permission to dismiss the claims of migrant populations seeking asylum in the U.S. due to the initial public health threat brought by the pandemic. And just this week, the ongoing tension between Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico, have escalated.

Foreign Minister Ebrard spoke out against. Abbott, stating that the Texas governor is extorting commercial truck drivers at the United States-Mexico border.

Ebrard told reporters that Abbott has been intentionally increasing state police inspections on commercial trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico since March 2022. Ebrard claims it’s an attempt to put pressure on politicians in Mexico to increase security at the border.
In the exclusive interview Ebrard remarked , “It’s an extortion scheme, or rather it is extortion – I close the border and you have to sign whatever I say. That’s not a deal, a deal is when you and I are in agreement on something.”

The increased inspections created a massive backlog at border arterial routes, which eventually led to trucker protests against the back-ups. Given that Gov. Abbott has been vocal in expressing his opposition to ending Title 42. Many view his latest move as defiance to the Biden administration’s move to put an end to Title 42.