The amount of fentanyl coming across the southern border has quadrupled under President Joe Biden. This revelation comes after the US saw a record number of overdose deaths in 2021, 60% of which have been attributed to opioid. With the White House set to cause another surge at the southern border after it rescinds Title 42, it seems increasingly probable that 2022 will be even worse.
US Border Patrol agent Mark Dunbar from the Murrieta Station in southern California told Breitbart News that the agency has seen a disturbing rise in the amount of fentanyl being seized at the border. “Across sectors, we’re seeing the amount of fentanyl coming across the border almost doubling,” Dunbar said. “What we’re seeing coming across is equal to the amount of Americans who are dying from it in the US.”
About 2,800 pounds were seized at the border in Fiscal Year 2019, and the 2020 number was 4,800 pounds. In 2021, a whopping 11,200 pounds were confiscated. Beginning October 1, 2021, FY2022 has seen 5,300 pounds captured in attempted crossings so far. Fentanyl is typically manufactured in China and then flown into Mexico. Drug cartels then smuggle enormous quantities into the United States over the southern border. Unfortunately, the authorities are only able to catch a small percentage of the opioid, which is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What makes the drug even more deadly is the fact that many who consume it do not realize they are doing so. The CDC noted:
“Powdered fentanyl looks just like many other drugs. It is commonly mixed with drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine and made into pills that are made to resemble other prescription opioids. Fentanyl-laced drugs are extremely dangerous, and many people may be unaware that their drugs are laced with fentanyl.”
The fact that fentanyl does not have a taste or smell makes it almost impossible to know whether a user is about to consume it unless test strips are used. The CDC noted that “[o]ver 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.”
Since President Joe Biden’s migrant crisis began shortly after he took office last year, Mexican drug cartels have become more brazen. They have ramped up their human and drug smuggling operations, taking advantage of the fact that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been stretched thin trying to deal with the influx of legal and illegal migrants. In March 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott explained:
“What the cartels do, they surge all these people to the border. They fully occupy all the Border Patrol agents.
“And when those Border Patrol agents are occupied, they know that there are gaps along the border. And what the cartels do, they surge people through those gaps. Operation Lone Star includes National Guard, as well Texas Department of Public Safety officers, to fill the gaps to prevent the cartels from bringing across the border the most dangerous criminal elements, as well as the opioids that they’re trying to smuggle across the border.”
Indeed, the cartels have become so brazen that they have even committed murder on American soil, an act that was nearly unheard of up until Biden’s stint in the Oval Office.
Nevertheless, the White House continues to double down on policies that serve as a red carpet for migrants, legal or otherwise, to enter the US. Some members of the administration have given milquetoast warnings to people coming from Central American countries. However, their words tell migrants to stay home while their policies say, “just kidding, come on in!” There can be no doubt that would-be migrants are getting the real message. The question is: How many Americans’ lives is this administration willing to sacrifice before doing something about the southern border?