Texas lawmakers press for Pentagon to transfer surplus combat equipment to border.

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Texas lawmakers are pressing the Pentagon to hand off surplus combat equipment from Iraq such as Humvees, weapons and night vision goggles to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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 remain.

“Much of this equipment would be useful to the federal, state and local law enforcement in their efforts to secure the border with Mexico,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

In addition to the letter, Poe has legislation pending 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.

Source: Chron.com