The Mexican government said it will change long-range plans to construct a trade railway connection from Texas to New Mexico due to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s stepped-up border inspections, The Dallas Morning Star reported on Sunday.
“We’re now not going to use Texas,” Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said. “We can’t leave all the eggs in one basket and be hostages to someone who wants to use trade as a political tool.”
Clouthier was referring to Abbott’s order last month requiring all commercial trucks arriving from Mexico to Texas go through “enhanced” safety inspections in order to crack down on human and drug smugglers, which Mexican and U.S. officials and business leaders said created chaos at the border.