One of Democrat lawmakers’ major talking points on border security has been absolutely demolished by the U.S. Border Patrol who reports they seize more drugs at areas along the border where there is no border wall than at legal ports of entry.
President Trump wants to prevent the influx of drugs and migrants associated with the notorious gang MS-13, but Democrats continue to argue that a wall is not necessary and continue to fight him at every turn.
480,000 pounds of drugs seized by the U.S. Border Patrol may help to change that.
These areas that the Border Patrol is tasked with surveying include areas without a border wall.
From the Washington Examiner:
U.S. Border Patrol, which works in the unfenced or minimally protected space between crossings, seized nearly 480,000 pounds of drugs on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2018.
Drug seizures that occur at ports of entry are documented under Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations statistics. Its four field offices on the southern border — El Paso, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; and San Diego — seized 370,000 pounds of drugs in the 2018 fiscal year.
Democrat lawmakers have peddled the line that ports of entries were where more drugs were seized, but now CBP data contradicts it.
“President Trump has touted drug seizures between border crossings as a reason to build a border wall, while Democrats in particular have focused on those taking place at crossing points, saying more wall won’t greatly affect drugs coming into the country,” the Washington Examiner reports.
President Trump cautioned in January that failing to construct a border wall would allow for more drugs to pour into the country and it looks like he is right.
“Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl,” Trump said at the time, via the Washington Examiner. “Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.”
Here’s even more:
Marijuana made up the greatest amount of drugs caught while being smuggled from Mexico into the United States. Slightly more than 461,000 of the 480,000 pounds of narcotics found was marijuana. All other drug seizures between ports of entry totaled less than 20,000, or less than 5 percent of the total pounds seized.
At border crossings, pot made up 300,000 pounds of the total 553,000 pounds found at both borders and coasts.
Other drugs, including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl, were seized in significantly lower quantities, and more of those were found at ports, not by Border Patrol.
In addition, the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl Border Patrol and officers working at ports of entry have seized on its way into the United States has increased.