MEXICO CITY-U.S. Congressmen and 17 border sheriffs in the states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico requested the Pentagon to send military equipment to increase border security with Mexico to help civilian agencies to tackle the drug cartels.
“State and local officials are on the front lines fighting on the southern border to protect Americans from the growing violence in Mexico.
They do the best they can, but they are understaffed and overwhelmed by drug cartels and are desperate for more resources, “said Henry Cuellar, D-Texas congressman.
Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Ted Poe said there is one million 500 thousand pieces of equipment that was removed from Iraq last year, and 900 000 are preserved, so they believe that federal, state and local governments can use to secure the border.
Cuellar said that the way to support law enforcement is counting on that team, so he joined the “Congressman Poe and our sheriffs for the sake of our border communities.”
“For years, Americans have invested their money in equipment that has been used to defend the borders of other nations, it is time we use this equipment to ensure the U.S.,” said Cuellar.
Recently, the Pentagon, through the Joint Task Force North, deployed combat equipment and 500 high-tech military on the border of New Mexico and Arizona to support the Border Patrol agents to address threats, including to Mexican drug cartels, the Department of Defense.
Since November 2011, Texas lawmakers asked the Department of Defense to any computer in high-tech surveillance and is not used in Iraq and Afghanistan be sent to the US-Mexico border.
As a result of increased Mexican cartel operations in Texas, the government of that entity received in November, a “predator drone” to monitor activities especially related to drug trafficking and illegal crossings, which are five unmanned aerial vehicles operating in the border, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security United States.
Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Michael McCaul confirmed the feasibility of transferring other high technology with military commanders of the United States during their visit to Iraq last November, Pakistan and Afghanistan.However, information from the Department of Homeland Security said that there is a risk that may not be compatible with those used by civilian security forces at the border.
Table: Actions anticrime - Lawmakers say a million 500 thousand pieces of military equipment was removed from Iraq since last year and could be used in the U.S. southern border – Recently, the Pentagon deployed tactical team combat and 500 high military the border with New Mexico and Arizona entities to support the Border Patrol – Since 2011, the Congress asked the United States Department of Defense that sets high-tech surveillance are not used in Iraq are used at the border – Due to increased Mexican cartel operations in Texas, the government of that state in November received a “predator drone” to monitor activities especially related to drug trafficking and illegal crossings.
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