The numbers concerning fentanyl smuggling through the chaos that is the U.S. southern border are staggering. And they underscore the preventable tragedy of almost 108,000 American overdose deaths in 2021.
Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans between 18 and 45. And everyone knows where it’s coming from. Raw materials go from China to Mexican cartels where they are used for manufacture and then smuggled into the U.S.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says fentanyl is produced from Chinese precursor chemicals in large part by the Sinaloa Cartel. It is much cheaper to manufacture than other illegal drugs, and officials say that the Mexican labs run 24/7.
Tragically, the Biden White House largely looks the other way. No better proof can be found than this was put under Vice President Kamala Harris’ responsibilities. Just how bad is this problem that the federal government is clearly not handling?
Over 11,000 pounds of fentanyl was intercepted by Customs and Border Protection agents last year. That’s double from just a year earlier and enough to kill every single American more than seven times over.
For perspective, the DEA reports that 90% of the fentanyl stopped at the border is at locations where 30% of migrants enter. That is Arizona and California.
Very few seizures are coming from the Texas and New Mexico borders — less than 5% — because agents there are overwhelmed by the sheer number of migrants.
So, besides what is not detected in the more heavily controlled areas of California and Arizona, how much is getting through Texas and New Mexico?
Even more frightening is that law enforcement says U.S. users have little idea of what and how much they are taking. Counterfeit pills are designed to mimic painkillers and are taken unsuspectingly, often by teens and even younger victims.
Victims who think they are experimenting with other substances.
Trump’s border wall may have created a disturbing visual for some, but how does that image stack up against tens of thousands of unnecessary American deaths. Border control is a battle for U.S. lives, and the Biden administration needs to get a grip on this crisis now.