After two years of neglect, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has only recently decided to take charge and push for a better strategy to tackle obvious issues at our border. But with the damage already done, his plan is facing an uphill battle. Many of us are left to ask: can he turn things around or will his plan of attack even be good? Let’s find out.
Building on the non-existent work of the Biden-Harris administration, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently announced the launch of a groundbreaking DHS initiative aimed at combating illicit fentanyl smuggling through the southern border.
Daily Caller reports, Tuesday, Mayorkas announced “Operation Blue Lotus” at the Port of Nogales, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made large fentanyl seizures, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents will deploy to the ports to gather information about drug cartels so they can be prosecuted.
As of fiscal year 2023, CBP is on pace to seize more illicit fentanyl than in fiscal year 2022, when the agency seized nearly 14,000 pounds of the synthetic narcotic.
CBP seized roughly 6,500 pounds of fentanyl in the Tucson area of operation, which includes the Nogales port, between October 2022 and February 2023.
News Nation gave a different perspective on the sudden operation.
CBP Port Director tweeted, Two days, two huge loads, 2.5 million fentanyl pills. On Friday, CBP officers found approximately 829,000 fentanyl pills in the quarter panels of a car. On Saturday, officers took down approximately 1,663,040 fentanyl pills hidden throughout a pickup truck.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fentanyl caused most of the 100,000 overdose deaths that occurred in 2021 in the U.S. According to DHS, roughly 900 pounds of fentanyl have been seized under the new program.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers two milligrams of fentanyl lethal. The majority of illicit fentanyl is made in clandestine laboratories in Mexico using chemicals made in China.
Does the Administration want massive parades for finally doing their jobs? This is exactly what they should have done from the moment they heard of the fentanyl problem, but waited two years to start addressing an already overwhelming problem, and now they want the public to celebrate them as if we don’t know an election cycle is near. Not only that, they started the program without collaborating with the locals border patrol agents so they could take all the credit. Call us when the border is secure and Americans are no longer in danger of the fentanyl crisis.
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