A group of Texas Democrats has proposed legislation that would provide 850 (m) million dollars in federal aid to Mexico to combat drug cartels and border violence.
The bill would give 170 (m) million dollars annually to Mexico over a five-year period for costs such as training Mexican police and improving coordination with American law enforcement.
U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes of El Paso says "Mexico must be a partner in efforts to safeguard the border region."
Reyes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the money would help protect border cities from drug cartels and their violent turf battles along the border.
Other co-sponsors of the bill include Representatives Henry Cuellar of Laredo, Solomon Ortiz of Corpus Christi, Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio and Ruben Hinojosa of Mercedes.