Dear Mexican Trucker,
You and I have been around and around before, and I appreciate your patience with me and my ignorant Yankee ways. But I can't go to Mexico and enjoy trucking the way I have in Canada. First of all no one, including you, is going to show me the ropes (unless they hang me from a bridge).
I lived in Canada for over ten years, I got married, I angered a boatload of people, and I never found, or even heard of, a mass grave. I am, according to my immigration counselor, a special bird because I am the first American woman to live in Canada as a landed immigrant and drive a truck across the international border for a living by herself. I made my first trip in 1986. It was winter and I was scared to death. When I got to California, the highway patrol followed me for at least 20 miles. I never once worried about extortion. I was afraid he would bitch because I was an American with an Alberta license driving a Canadian truck.
I believe in legal immigration. I am a legal immigrant myself. I stood in line behind everyone else, I took a physical, I took an oath. I love Canada and respect its laws.
When Nafta was signed by President Clinton, I dreamed of being the first American woman to live in Mexico and drive a Mexican truck back and forth across the border by herself for a living. I would have felt privileged to tackle the Mexican red tape.
I used to visit the border towns and deliver around Laredo, Mexicali, etc. I crossed over by myself, bought flowers, gave money to children, ate the food, and drank margaritas, (sometimes with my ex-husband). I loved the culture, people, places, the dirty streets, the kind women, the liquor…I love it all.
No one would have believed when Nafta was signed that Mexico would descend into the horror it is now. We all believed in Mexico and thought it would become civilized, and safe. Instead it is now practically a narco-state. It is ridiculous to claim that trucking and cartels have no connection. http://borderreporter.com/2008/08/grupo-mexico-wrapped-up-with-the-sinaloan-cartels/
What about Transportes des Autos? Weren't they just recently shut down for money laundering?
I agree with the cartel guys on one thing…Calderone needs to go. He is just a total egomaniac…but my reasons are different.
I am not racist. I have strong connections to Mexico…. I love Latin culture, the kind people, the beautiful desert, and I know they can overcome the misery they now endure. I am disappointed and offended by the horrific crime, and the attitude from Calderone and other Mexican officials. It is time for them to admit they have not lived up to the spirit of Nafta. They have not prepared Mexico for cross border trucking; if I want to venture out, I will go back to Canada.