Border concerns increase as Title 42 lifted in Texas
A surge in illegal immigrants traversing the Southern border into Texas has ignited ferocious outrage aimed at President Joe Biden. The lifting of Title 42 restraint has resulted in over 6 million people crossing the border illegally, lamented Senator Ted Cruz, adding that the vast majority of drug overdoses could be traced to Chinese Fentanyl streaming across the border. The massive immigrant surge is expected to occupy and distract the majority of Border Patrol agents, thereby offering cartels an unprecedented opportunity to move drug loads largely unhindered across the Rio Grande.
Tom Homan, the Former Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, warned that when agents are taken off the line, cartels move drugs, traffic women and children, and known and suspected terrorists come across. The surge is posing a significant threat to national security, and its massive proportions are testing the country’s resources.
At the State Capitol, the Texas House approved a sweeping immigration security measure that includes the creation of a special border interdiction and protection force commanded by the Governor. Governor Abbott stated that although Texas is doing everything possible to prevent people from crossing the border, the President is simultaneously welcoming them in. However, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reiterated that the border is not open and will not be open after May 11, 2022.
Despite the political noise, several law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping deadly narcotics from reaching unwary users. DEA Special Agent in Charge Danny Comeaux is at the forefront of a fight in much of Texas to prevent the flow of deadly narcotics. In an operation dubbed “Last Mile,” Comeaux’s team focused on the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels to keep poison off the streets and American citizens safe. The operation seized over a thousand guns, along with countless amounts of Fentanyl in the communities of Texas.
The lethality of fentanyl-laced pills cannot be overstated, Comeaux warned. He added that six out of ten pills could cause an overdose, exposing the danger of the drug. In conclusion, Comeaux stated that while his agency is focused on drugs, they would welcome any help they could get from anywhere to stop the flow of drugs into the United States. The issue continues to be a significant challenge for law enforcement agencies, worth rigorous attention to prevent grave dangers to citizens.