CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2021) –today GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy led a Congressional delegation of a dozen House Republican lawmakers to the Southern border in El Paso, Texas. After touring a migrant processing facility, speaking with Border Patrol agents, and surveying vulnerable areas of the border, Leader McCarthy held a news conference to share what needs to be done to end the Biden Border Crisis. The group of House GOP Representatives learned about drugs, cartels, sex trafficking of women and children–a crisis at the southern border.
“Border crossings have already shot up 113% from January 2020 numbers, and law enforcement is bracing for an expected 117,000 unaccompanied children to illegally cross this year — a 250% increase from last year,” according to McCarthy.
The House will vote this week to on the American Dream and Promise Act to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors and provide legal status to farm workers.
These will be the first immigration reform measures taken up by Congress in both Houses since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was elected to lead the Biden’s Administrations agenda through the U.S. Senate.
The passage of the American Dream and Promise Act could be the only chance for a comprehensive immigration reform in this session of Congress before a possible leadership change in 2022.
According to GOP McCarthy—opioids are cross the borders at an alarming rate. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 16% from 2018 to 2019.”
“Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids were nearly 12 times higher in 2019 than in 2013. More than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019. The latest provisional drug overdose death counts through May 2020 suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added CDC.
As the opioid addiction crisis continues to evolve since President Donald J. Trump’s administration—federal agencies in charge of tracking the flow of drugs are seeing an increase in cartels trafficking fentanyl into the United States at the southern border.
In recent years, China was the largest trafficker of opioids and exploiting the U.S. Postal Service and international express mail carriers to ship fentanyl into the United States. Those channels appear to be drying up, due to the agreement between the United States and China. But the shipments through the U.S. southern border are on the rise.
The number of drug seizures involving high-purity fentanyl sent via mail from China “dropped precipitously” in 2019, according to then Thomas Overacker, the executive director of the Office of Field Operations at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
The U.S.-Mexico border has long been the world’s busiest with more than $1 billion worth of legitimate freight trafficked through southwest entry ports and tens of thousands of passenger vehicles daily.
Today the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that “a truck containing $30,000 worth of fentanyl pills, personal use methamphetamine and an illegal alien who had previously been deported were intercepted at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Saturday afternoon.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector Canine Unit referred a Ford truck to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area at approximately 1 p.m. to conduct an immigration inspection.
While in secondary, a USBP canine alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a backpack that contained fentanyl pills and a purse that contained just over three grams of methamphetamine. Agents also discovered that the truck’s passenger was illegally present in the United States.
The USBP reported that officials arrested the the driver of the vehicle, a female U.S. citizen from Somerton. “Agents also arrested the illegal alien and seized the fentanyl, methamphetamine, truck and other related evidence.”
The USBP also “seized methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents that totaled nearly $1 million in street value over the last weekend.
“The smuggling of illicit narcotics is a serious international health and security threat,” said Port Director Eugene Crawford, Laredo Port of Entry. “CBP will continue to intercept these dangerous drugs using every tool at our disposal.”
In Laredo, Texas, the CBP officers discovered a total of three packages containing 9.52 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $190,477.
The second seizure, also on March 8, occurred at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado hauling a shipment of polyurethane decorations arriving from Mexico. The truck and shipment were referred for a secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 62 packages containing 40.38 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the shipment. The narcotics had an estimated street value of $807,677.
The narcotics have a combined street value of $998,154.
On March 11, 2021, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial facility discovered over $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of fresh spinach, wrapped in paper with pictures of spinach.”
Opening the southern border not only opens the door to drug traffickers, but to sex and human traffickers.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, although many people think of the sex trade when they think of human trafficking, this crime also occurs in such labor situations as:
- Domestic servitude
- Labor in a prison-like factory
- Migrant agricultural work.
CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Operations agents continued to interdict the flow of illicit narcotics across the border. Nationwide, drug seizures increased 50 percent in February from January 2021. Cocaine interceptions decreased 13 percent. Seizures of methamphetamine increased 40 percent. Seizures of heroin went up 48 percent and seizures of fentanyl decreased by 17 percent.
Despite the slight drop for February, CBP is seeing a drastic increase in fentanyl seizures this fiscal year – more than 360 percent higher than this same time last year. For all Fiscal Year 2020, CBP intercepted more than 4,700 pounds. Just five months into this year, CBP has seized nearly 5,000 pounds.
The USBP and the OFO reported “from March 6 through March 9, 2021 CBP Officers arrested 15 wanted individuals for the crimes of sexual assault of a child, burglary, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault-family/house member, and larceny.”
“On March 11, CBP Officers arrested four wanted individuals. The first individual was arrested at the Presidio Port of Entry for injury to child or disabled person and assault. The three remaining individuals were wanted for driving while intoxicated, violation of a court order, and possession of a controlled substance.”
“In February 2021, CBP encountered 100,441 persons attempting entry along the Southwest border. This total represented a 28 percent increase over January 2021. CBP completed 72,113 expulsions from the border pursuant to CDC guidance under Title 42 authority.”
In Fiscal Year 2021 through February, 29,792 unaccompanied children and single minors have been encountered along the Southwest Border. Two thousand nine hundred and forty-two of these children are under the age of 12 years old and 26,850 are aged 13-17 years old.
Open borders have lead to more women and children being forced into the United States across the southern border by sex traffickers.
“CBP continued to perform a large number of rescues of citizens and migrants in February 2021, with more than 893 rescues nationwide. Over the past year, CBP agents and officers have rescued more than 7,600 individuals, regardless of their circumstance or status.”
Source:GOP Kevin McCarthy, and the CBP contributed to this article.