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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Issue #11, 9/12/97
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