MCALLEN- A victory Thursday in the fight against the cartels, bringing agents one step closer to using military technology to secure our border. The legislation filed by Congressman Henry Cuellar and it was passed by the House of Representatives in Washington D. C.
It's an amendment that Congressman Cuellar said it will keep the us a step ahead of the game from the criminal groups over in Mexico. He's asking the defense department to utilize military technology on the border to detect deter and dismantle the cartels operation just inches away from the Upper Valley.
" Technology that has been tested in Afghanistan, Iraq. We're using technology and intelligence gathering, and that's what we're looking for, no boots on the ground, no tanks, nothing like that just the technology so we can use that and that's been tested already by the military. I think this will provide us extra tools so we can better protect our country," said Cuellar.
Criminal organizations in Mexico have loads of money and at times have more sophisticated weapons to smuggle their contraband. Congressman Cuellar wants to do all it takes to stop breaches in security from happening on both sides of the border.
" The other part of my amendment also what it does, it also directs the department of defense to look at what else we can do to build Mexican strength in Mexico to their forces, so they can face this criminal groups in their own country. Because the more we can do to shut down criminal groups on both sides of the border, i think the more we can do to increase safety in both countries, especially ours," said Cuellar.
The piece of legislation is expected to be included in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act which lays out the nation's defense policy and authorizes all operations of defense departments and sets priorities for all defense spending. The House of Representatives passed the legislation by a vote of 322 to 96 and it is pending approval by the senate. If passed Cuellar says he expects the technology to come to the valley as soon as possible.