Truckers rally in Oklahoma City

| Tuesday, April 24, 2007

There was a rally at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Monday, April 23, with about 75 sign-carrying truckers joining forces with people who oppose illegal immigration to protest the government’s cross-border trucking plan.

OOIDA member Jay Riley of Yukon, OK, was one of the organizers. Riley told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio the crowd totaled about 200 and drew coverage from numerous newspapers, radio stations and TV stations.

Riley said the truckers did not participate in any kind of slow-moving convey – a tactic other groups have proposed.

“We didn’t want to do anything like that,” Riley said. “What we wanted to do was get soccer moms ticked off at the government – we didn’t want them to get ticked off at us … If we get them ticked off at the government, we’ll get more results.”

Riley and his wife, Claret, are team drivers. They founded a group called Americans for Safe Highways and Secure Borders, which opposes the cross-border Mexican trucking initiative.

– By Reed Black, staff writer
reed_black@landlinemag.com

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