Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced that he recently facilitated the process to secure six retired US Army Humvees for Texas Border Sheriffs. The Humvees were obtained through the Department of Defense (DOD) Reutilization and Marketing Service program that manages the DOD surplus property sales program.

Our border sheriffs are out-manned, out-gunned and out-equipped, said Poe. Since the federal government continues to fail us, I am doing everything I can to help them protect the border and the people of the great State of Texas. In keeping in the tradition of the 2nd District of Texas, like Charlie Wilson, we found a way to get the job done.

The acquirement of these vehicles was at no cost to the taxpayer. Property in the surplus property sales program is first offered for reutilization within the DOD, transfer to other federal agencies, or donation to state and local governments and other qualified organizations.

The following Texas sheriffs departments have met the requirements and have been approved by DOD to receive the surplus property: Brewster County, Cameron County, Hudspeth County, Jeff Davis County, Maverick County, and Webb County.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio thanked Congressman Poe for his continued support. On behalf of the people of Cameron County, the Commissioners Court, and the entire staff of the Cameron County Sheriffs Department, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude in the thoughtfulness of making available an extremely needed Humvee vehicle. I cannot emphasis enough the need for such a vehicle in our county which is next to the Mexico border.

This is just the first of many more opportunities that I plan to continue to pursue to serve our law enforcement agencies, said Poe. There is no excuse for any United States law enforcement agency to have inferior resources than the enemy. The Texas Sheriffs do an outstanding job with the little that they are given and I will continue every effort to see that they get what they need to do the job the federal government wont.

In addition to the office of Congressman Ted Poe, this effort was a cooperative of the following agencies:

The Department of Defense, the US Army Depot at Red River, Texas, Texas Department of Safety, and various Texas border Sheriffs Departments and supporting agencies.

Congressman Ted Poe has been the leading advocate in Congress for increased border security. Most recently, Congressman Poe and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-08) urged the administration to grant requests from the governors of our nations border states for National Guard troops to be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border. Specifically requesting that any National Guard troops that are deployed be armed and allowed to defend themselves if fired upon; and upon request, assist in defending Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers.

Poe regularly travels to the southern border and is recognized by the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition as a top supporter of law enforcement and border security. Congressman Poe served as a judge and prosecutor in Houston, Texas, for 30 years; currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security; a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and serves as an Executive Member of the Immigration Reform Caucus.