Border Control? We don’t need no Steeenking Border Control! Just drive across and the hell with the Gringos!:
WASHINGTON — A government auditor says more work is needed to ensure the safety of Mexican trucks and buses awaiting permission to drive on U.S. roadways.
The U.S. Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office made public its latest report on Mexican truck and bus safety Tuesday. The audit says some states are not consistently reporting traffic convictions of people driving in the U.S. with Mexican drivers’ licenses. Also, bus inspections are not being done, are done infrequently or have other problems.
The inspector general’s report says officials have made headway on other safety measures.
The North American Free Trade Agreement granted Mexican trucks and buses access to American roadways but Congress has refused to comply because of safety and job loss concerns.
Or have you not heard of Scott and Janet Willis ?
When we hit the object, the rear gas tank exploded, taking the car out of control. I was able to grip the wheel and take the car out of the slide. When we were sliding and the flames were coming around the seat, it was a shock—a surprise—like, ‘What is this?’ It was just roaring flames coming up on both sides. I was yelling to get out of the car. Janet and I had to consciously put our hands into the flames to unbuckle the seat belts and reach for the door handles.
Janet fell out the door while the car was still moving. [Our son] Benny was in the midst of the burning; his clothes were mostly burned off by the time he got out. The five youngest children, who had been asleep, died instantly. No sound was heard by Janet or me as we struggled to get out of the van. An unknown man took his shirt off his back to soak Benny’s wounds, and another beat out the burning clothes on Janet’s back. Benny died in intensive care around midnight.
If possible, the tragedy got worse for the Scott and Janet Willis. They had found some comfort in knowing that their children had died instantly. But months later, they learned that there were signs that some of the children struggled to get out of the van. Their son Benny lost consciousness at the scene. They assumed that he had not regained it before he died. But, a hospital worker told them he was alive and alert at the hospital. He had asked her to hold his hand but she was unable to do so because of his burns. He had asked her to pray with him.
Then, Scott and Janet Willis learned that the driver of the semi had obtained his license illegally because of corruption under George Ryan, future governor of Illinois, who at that time was Secretary of State. Licensing facilities accepted bribes that allowed unqualified drivers to receive licenses. These bribes became a part of Ryan’s campaign fund. Ironically, Janet Willis had voted for Ryan the very morning of the accident.
On the morning of the accident, the driver ignored repeated warnings from other drivers that there was a large piece of metal that was going to fall of the back of his truck.
In fact, the driver of the truck was a Mexican national without a work visa who barely spoke English – yet somewhow had an Illinois driver’s license.
And frankly, I don’t even hear it when people call me “Racist!” when there are half a dozen children dead in Milwaukee.