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    Reps Push Pentagon to Move Equipment to Border

    Reps Push Pentagon to Move Equipment to Border

    Updated: Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012, 6:14 AM MST
    Published : Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012, 6:06 AM MST

    HOUSTON (AP) — Two Texas lawmakers are pushing the Pentagon to hand off surplus combat equipment from Iraq to local law enforcement agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border. The equipment includes Humvees, weapons and night vision goggles.

    The Houston Chronicle reports Texas Reps. Ted Poe and Henry Cuellar have been joined by 17 border sheriffs from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting that he move up delivery of surplus equipment.

    The lawmakers said more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already been shipped out of Iraq over the last year, and nearly 900,000 pieces remain.

    Poe also has a bill pending in Congress that would require the Department of Defense to make 10 percent of certain equipment returning from Iraq available to law enforcement agencies patrolling the southern border.

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    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm glad to see the local officials getting equipment to help them but controlling the border is really the Federal government's job. This equipment should be used at the border by Federal law enforcement. They shouldn't be sloughing off their work on locals.

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    War surplus sought for U.S. security

    2 lawmakers cite need at border with Mexico

    By Jerry Seper


    The Washington Times

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Two Texas lawmakers, joined by 17 border sheriffs from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, have asked Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to authorize the shipment of surplus equipment being returned from the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan to the border with Mexico as a matter of "national security."

    Reps. Ted Poe, a Republican, and Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, said in a letter the massive drawdown of U.S. forces has resulted in the shipment of more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment out of Iraq over the past year and that nearly 900,000 items remain - all of which would be useful to federal, state and local law enforcement in their efforts to secure the border with Mexico.

    The surplus equipment includes, among other combat gear, Humvees, weapons, communications trailers, observation platforms and night-vision goggles.

    Mr. Poe also introduced a House resolution known as the Send Act that would direct the Defense Department to make 10 percent of certain equipment returning from Iraq available for use by law enforcement agencies that patrol the nation's southern border.

    "We have brought this right to the secretary of defense because border security is a national security issue," Mr. Poe said. "State and local officials are on the front lines of the southern border fighting to protect Americans from spillover violence from Mexico.

    "They do the best they can with what they've got, but they are outmanned and outgunned by the drug cartels and they are desperate for more resources," he said.

    Mr. Poe said that for years the American people have invested their money in equipment that has been used to defend the borders of other nations and it was time that same equipment be used to secure the United States.

    Mr. Cuellar said he joined with Mr. Poe and the border sheriffs to "help reinforce collaboration" with Mr. Panetta for the "betterment of our border communities."

    "If we want to boost border security, we have to help law enforcement agencies beef up their resources to meet this demand. We cannot have one without the other," said Mr. Cuellar. "We intend to keep the lines of communication open with the Defense Department so we can help our border law enforcement agencies navigate the equipment application process."

    In January, Mr. Cuellar hosted a meeting with Defense Department Assistant Undersecretary Paul N. Stockton in Laredo, Texas, to brief local law enforcement agencies on programs available through the Defense Department's Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative. More than 100 officers, including border federal law enforcement agents, participated.

    The Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative coordinates Defense Department efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy and transfer technology, items and equipment to federal, state and local first responders. The initiative fulfills Congress' intent to support public safety and homeland security by leveraging taxpayer investments in defense technology and equipment.

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    Bring on the tanks.
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