President Donald Trump’s administration doubled the amount of illicit drugs seized by the Obama administration during his eight years in office.
In total, the security force seized 4 million pounds of prohibited drugs and narcotics on the border with Mexico since January 2017, reported acting Deputy Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Ken Cuccinelli, according to the Washington Examiner of Sept. 24.
Cuccinelli presented his report to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, clarifying that the seizures include fentanyl and methamphetamine, but not marijuana.
“It’s worth noting that we’re on track to seize drugs at roughly twice the rate of the previous eight years, [of Trump],” Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli also expressed the need to strengthen the legal resources available to DHS to make its work even more effective.
“We need greater authority or some authority to designate transnational organized crime at a level below a foreign terror organization, but giving us authorities above the level of mere criminal law,” he explained.
The amounts of drugs seized in the unguarded areas usually exceed those obtained at the ports of entry and through the mail.
Among the most shocking effects of the entry of illicit drugs into the country are the 71,000 deaths, caused by overdoses.
It should be noted that due to their criminality, Mexico’s drug cartels have become the “deadliest organizations in the Western Hemisphere,” Cuccinelli also noted, according to the Washington Examiner.
“At the nation’s more than 300 ports of entry, CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] officers have a complex mission with broad law enforcement authorities tied to screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S.,” CBP reported.
Additionally, border authorities control the entry of illegal immigrants into the country. This is an even greater risk since many of them are potential carriers of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
On March 21, the Trump administration issued a health care law called Title 42, expanding the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to return illegal immigrants who may be infected with the CCP Virus.
As a result of this law, 186,000 immigrants from 130 nations, including China and Mexico, were prevented from entering the country, according to the Washington Examiner.