War on the Border: Against the Pentagon's wishes, the House votes to add provision for 10,000 troops on US-Mexican border to defense bill 9/12/97

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By a vote of 261-150, the House last week endorsed Rep. Jim Traficant's (D-Ohio) effort to ensure that their version of next year's defense bill will include provisions for up to 10,000 U.S. troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border. The Senate version has no similar provision.

Both the Defense Department and the Justice Department opposed the measure, which could cost up to $650 million and would leave the doors open for another tragedy like the killing of 18 year-old Esequiel Hernandez this past May. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), a former Border patrol sector chief who opposes putting American troops on the border, says, "The only rational way that we are going to combat illegal immigration, drug trafficking... is to hire additional professional bilingual agents."

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