Bill Would Put Troops at U.S. Borders

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that calls for U.S. troops to help guard the country’s borders with Canada and Mexico against drug traffickers, terrorists, and illegal aliens, the El Paso Times reported May 21.

The defense authorization bill would allow the Defense Department to begin the program Oct. 1. “If troops were needed, they could be of significant assistance to prevent the infiltration of terrorists, drug traffickers, and illegal aliens, and could prevent the entry of weapons of mass destruction into our country,” said Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), who sponsored the measure.

But the legislation is not expected to pass the U.S. Senate because it was not part of the original version of the defense bill. Some lawmakers also argued that the proposal would further strain an already overextended military.