“You have to prove it to me in black and white that the Biden administration and the cartel are not working together, because there is no way that what is happening in our border could be happening without that cooperation,” she says.
Drug cartels take charge of US-Mexico border
Members of the House Border Security Caucus said earlier this year that there is a growing immigration crisis at the southern border – and that the de facto in charge of it are the drug cartels from Mexico, according to Texas Representative Brian Babin.
Babin says unauthorized migrant apprehensions are at a 20-year high, but deportations are at their lowest levels in recent history.
Caucus members have said that during their trip, there had been more than 200,000 unauthorized migrants that have “gotten away” at the border because agents are being taken off their posts and assigned clerical or caretaker duties at processing centers.
Babin notes that Texas border agents spend less than 50 percent of their time patrolling the border, and are instead taking care of the influx of unaccompanied minors, leaving the borders unguarded.
He relates that he visited the Department of Health and Human Services‘ Emergency Intake Site in Fort Bliss, but failed to get information on how much taxpayer money was spent in caring for over 4,500 unaccompanied minors housed on-site. “That to me was stunning on how they would not have that information.”
Top officers from the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has also expressed concerns about the drug cartels taking advantage of the situation in sending record amounts of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids through the now porous border and to cash in on the hardships of thousands of Central Americans seeking passage into the U.S. (Related: Ex-DHS head warns of immigration and border security crisis following Biden’s executive orders.)
Art del Cueto, vice president of the NBPC says: “As far as I’m concerned, those individuals that are suffering, those people that are putting their children in the hands of these smugglers, that falls on the hands of this administration.”
Pompeo: Children will suffer due to Biden’s weak border policies
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also criticized Biden, saying that the president’s inability to secure the southern border could lead to deaths of American children as drug cartels take advantage of the nation’s vulnerability.
Pompeo says local law enforcement is already under enormous pressure because of the drugs, and kids all across the U.S. would die as a result of the administration’s failure to secure the border.
His comments come after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a public safety warning regarding the “alarming increase” in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl that was found in the United States.
The DEA says that the majority of the bogus pills were manufactured in Mexico from chemicals supplied by China, then smuggled into the United States. The agency adds that over 9.5 million of these pills have already been seized, which is double the amount of drugs confiscated over the past two years.
“DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose,” the agency says.
The agency has also announced that at the end of September, 1.8 million fake pills containing fentanyl were seized during a two-month-long operation that has also led to 810 arrests.
The pills, which contained deadly synthetic opioids, have the potential to kill over 700,000 people, says DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. Additionally, the DEA seized more than 1,500 pounds of fentanyl powder, which is enough to make tens of millions of additional pills.
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