American children will die as a result of President Joe Biden’s ‘near open border’ policy that allows lethal narcotics to flow into the country from Mexico, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
‘We have these porous borders. These [drug] cartels figure out…not only how to get into Texas, California and Arizona, but all across the country and build up networks,’ Pompeo told WABC 770 AM radio on Sunday.
‘Our local law enforcement…are under enormous pressure because of the drugs.
‘Kids all across America are going to die as a result of the failure of this Administration to secure that border.’
Pompeo criticized the Biden administration for not adequately screening migrants who come across the border and for ditching Donald Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’ policy.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (seen above in Des Moines, Iowa in July) says American children will die due to lethal drugs pouring into the country from Mexico
Trump’s former top diplomat slammed the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis along the US-Mexico frontier, where tens of thousands of undocumented migrants, primarily from Haiti, have crossed into the country in recent weeks. A group of mostly Haitian migrants is seen above in Acandi, Colombia waiting to board boats bound for Necocli, Colombia on September 23
Last week, the Biden administration issued a safety alert warning Americans of lethal, counterfeit prescription pills that it claims was manufactured in labs in Mexico. President Joe Biden is seen above in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly asked his officials whether the department was ready to handle the possibility of up to 400,000 migrants, nearly double the 21-year high seen in July, crossing the border in October.
Despite public attempts to appear in control of the situation at the southwest border, a phone call between Mayorkas and senior officials last week shows a Biden administration scrambling to contain a growing crisis.
Mayorkas asked on the call if the border was ready for a worst-case scenario of 350,000 to 400,000 migrants crossing the border next month, two DHS officials told NBC.
Even the lower estimate would be record breaking, but 400,000 border crossings is nearly double the 21-year high hit in July of 210,000. August saw more than 208,000 encounters at the southwestern border.
The officials said the estimates weren’t based on internal intelligence.
Instead Mayorkas and others within DHS were worried about a spike in migrants crossing the border if a court-ordered repeal of the Title 42 expulsion policy took effect.
A group of migrants is processed by immigration officials after crossing from the Mexican border in Roma, Texas, U.S., September 30, 2021
Migrants from Haiti line up to regularise their migratory situation outside of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees
Title 42 is a Trump-era Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that enables any border officer to immediately turn asylum-seekers away during the pandemic regardless of their status.
A federal appeals court judge in Washington, DC ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration can continue to enforce Title 42 to rapidly deport migrants apprehended at the US-Mexico frontier.
The Biden administration has rolled back its enforcement of the policy somewhat to allow exceptions for unaccompanied minors and some families with young children.
But immigrant advocacy groups and some of Biden’s fellow Democrats are outraged at the White House’s continued enforcement and defense of the rule.
DHS is concerned that with Title 42 gone, however, migrants may misinterpret the shift to mean the border is wide open even as Mayorkas himself insisted last month that ‘our borders are closed’ during a contentious Senate hearing.
October’s border surge could potentially shatter records already set for border crossings this year
Senators Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn sounded the alarm on the worsening border crisis, urging President Biden in a Thursday letter to ‘send a clear message’ to a caravan of 15,000 migrants reportedly headed toward the border
US District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave the White House 14 days to comply with a September 16 ruling that decided the Trump administration’s policy didn’t give Biden the authority to block migrants seeking asylum.
Sullivan issued the order after advocacy groups sued the White House.
The administration appealed the ruling but so far the US Court of Appeals has not moved to stop it from expiring.
Biden considered lifting Title 42 in July but officials issued a dire warning: ‘We could have a rush at the border. It would be catastrophic.’
Mayorkas privately expressed concern over whether the Department of Homeland Security could handle the border surge
The officials who revealed the Mayorkas call said Customs and Border Protection has been given no guidance on what to do when Title 42 ends.
Meanwhile a new caravan of more than ‘15,000 migrants led by smugglers’ is in Mexico and headed for the US border, according to a letter sent to President Biden from Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn.
The GOP lawmakers say they and thousands of other migrants who have crossed the border this year ‘are emboldened’ by Biden’s more relaxed policies compared to his predecessor.
‘We call on you to immediately send a clear and concise signal to the massive caravan en route that they must turn around. Smuggling and trafficking should not be tolerated by the United States,’ Graham and Blackburn write.
The Biden administration last week issued a public safety alert warning Americans of an ‘alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.’
The alert was the first issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration in six years.
The DEA bulletin was intended to ‘raise public awareness of a significant nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are mass-produced by criminal drug networks in labs, deceptively marketed as legitimate prescription pills, and are killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate.’
According to the DEA, ‘the vast majority of counterfeit pills brought into the United States are produced in Mexico, and China is supplying chemicals for the manufacturing of fentanyl in Mexico.’
‘The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine,’ DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said.
‘Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive drugs are more lethal and more accessible than ever before.
‘In fact, DEA lab analyses reveal that two out of every five fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.
‘DEA is focusing resources on taking down the violent drug traffickers causing the greatest harm and posing the greatest threat to the safety and health of Americans.
The Biden administration last week issued a public safety alert warning Americans of an ‘alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine.’ The image above is an April 2021 file photo showing a bag of assorted pills and prescription drugs at a health care facility in Los Angeles, California
‘Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.’
Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to US government data.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed death certificates to come up with the estimate for 2020 drug overdose deaths.
The estimate of over 93,000 translates to an average of more than 250 deaths each day, or roughly 11 every hour.
That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29 percent increase.
Lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions isolated those with drug addictions and made treatment harder to get, experts said.
While prescription painkillers once drove the nation’s overdose epidemic, they were supplanted first by heroin and then by fentanyl, a dangerously powerful opioid, in recent years.
Fentanyl was developed to treat intense pain from ailments like cancer but has increasingly been sold illicitly and mixed with other drugs.
‘What’s really driving the surge in overdoses is this increasingly poisoned drug supply,’ said Shannon Monnat, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University who researches geographic patterns in overdoses.
‘Nearly all of this increase is fentanyl contamination in some way. Heroin is contaminated. Cocaine is contaminated. Methamphetamine is contaminated.’
Fentanyl was involved in more than 60 percent of the overdose deaths last year, CDC data suggests.