For the third consecutive
day, hundreds of Mexican truckers briefly blocked two bridges linking Mexico
and the United States Friday to protest U.S. refusal to allow some Mexican
Manuel Sotelo, president
of the Juarez Trucking Association, who has led each of the hour-long protests,
believes faulty U.S. computers are delaying transfer of information from Mexican
authorities to their American counterparts to validate Mexican licenses, according
to published reports. As a result, 30 to 40 Mexican drivers have been turned
Sotelo says the protests
at the bridges linking El Paso, TX, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico will continue
during part of each day until the problem is resolved. U.S. officials are
reportedly looking into the problem to determine if computers are at fault.
An estimated 3,200 Mexican
trucks cross into El Paso daily.