(BLP) – On August 11, 2022, the Mexican army seized a shipment of drugs in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, which neighbors Arizona.
Apparently, the shipment had 1.5 tons of meth, 328 pounds of powdered fentanyl, and 46 barrels containing 816,486 fentanyl pills.
A month prior, Mexican authorities seized roughly 1,200 pounds of fentanyl in the northern city of Culiacan.
As Joseph MacKinnon of The Blaze observed, “Despite such efforts by Mexican authorities, much of the drug still makes it over the U.S. southern border.”
On August 6, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers confiscated 16 pounds of fentanyl at the Ysleta border crossing, which fetched a street value of $1.4 million.
In 2022, Border Patrol seized 8,425.48 pounds (4.2 tons) of fentanyl.
According to some reports, fentanyl overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 18 to 45. In a report by Denver7, fentanyl killed 40,010 Americans from April 2020 to April 2021. Mackinnon offered a lurid comparison by noting that “during the same period, 22,442 Americans died in car accidents and 17,114 lost their lives to cancer. Between 2019 and 2021, fentanyl poisoning deaths doubled in 30 U.S. states.”
As long as the border remains porous, these body counts will grow higher.
Make no mistake about it, America’s lax border controls have created its largest national security threat. Yes, you read that correctly. America’s biggest threat is its open border, not Russia or China.
A serious political class would be closing as many overseas bases as possible and diverting those troops to secure our border. On top of that, we’d have an immigration moratorium on the books along with a repeal of birthright citizenship and chain migration.
At this point, focusing on getting involved in geopolitical conflicts thousands of miles away while America’s border is getting Zerg Rushed on a daily basis is the textbook definition of public policy malpractice.