Rep. Poe: Use Iraq military equipment to police Mexican border

In comments earlier today, Poe said the equipment is needed because U.S. border sheriffs say they are "outmanned, outgunned and out-financed by the drug cartels."

Poe said equipment that could be shipped to the southern border includes humvees, night vision equipment and surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He said 1.5 million pieces of equipment have already left Iraq, and 900,000 remain in that country.

Poe added that the Send Equipment for National Defense (SEND) Act, H.R. 3422, would give the Defense Department the discretion to keep its equipment if DOD certifies that there is an urgent need to do so.