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Waco Tribune-Herald August 3, 1997

Not on Border

Americans, from the nation's founding to current day, have always had legitimate misgivings about using the military to do police work. The military is trained to do one job and law enforcement is trained to do another job.

The Pentagon has pulled its troops out of the ill- conceived mission to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border pending the investigation of the shooting death of an 18-year-old American goatherd near near Redford. Congress should take the opportunity to reconsider the decision to put military troops on the border to help control drug smuggling.

If Congress, which is considering sending 10,000 more troops to the border, wants to put boost border law enforcement, it should do so with personnel trained for that job.

This article copyright 1997 the Waco Tribune-Herald and is reproduced for non-profit educational purposes only.

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