When I was at Monument Three, in El Paso, looking just down the fencing there, the [border] agents told us that they’ve never seen so much fentanyl as they have during the last month. Now fentanyl is considered to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and if altered, becomes even deadlier.
We all know last year that 90,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. How many more will die based upon what has happened on our border?
Now instead of bolstering our security to counter these serious vulnerabilities, the massive flow of migrants has actually weakened our security along the border.
If you traveled there, you would get a clear feeling and understanding. If you just look at the Rio Grande Valley, 40 percent of the agents who normally would be securing the border, are not even on the border anymore because they are pulled off the regular patrols to take care of [migrant] families and children. So with all the families and children coming in, the border is even less secure because fewer [border officers] can be there to protect us, because now they’re caring for the children.
“We have a crisis on our border that we have not seen in more than 20 years, not created in any other way but a change in administration,” McCarthy added.
“What’s happening now is the drug cartels are running America’s southern border,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the GOP’s House whip, who echoed McCarthy’s comments on Thursday. “They’re making millions of dollars a day off of this enterprise that was created by President Biden’s executive actions, and [U.S. border agents] don’t want to be at midnight changing diapers when instead they could be stopping fentanyl and heroin from coming into America’s border.”