Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
The Border Crisis is Fueling Fentanyl Deaths
September 15, 2021
security’s one of the government’s most important responsibilities. A
sovereign, successful nation’s self-determination and safety depend upon it. We’re
border security rests exclusively with the federal government. The Department
of Homeland Security, a cabinet department created in 2002 in the aftermath the
September 11 attacks, is entrusted with this paramount duty. Fusing homeland
with security for its name wasn’t an accident; that wordage casts the
Department’s purpose: to protect the country from external threats – both from
people and products. And Americans pay for it handsomely – $52.2 billion
a grave, unprecedented crisis exists at the southern border. Our televisions
remind us of that daily. Foreign nationals are illegally crossing into our
country from Mexico by the thousands every day.
illegal immigration isn’t the only crime cascading over the border.
cartels are importing deadly drugs and trafficking humans, too.
horrific, unabated events make clear that the cartels effectively control our
southern border – managing who and what enters from Mexico.
the danger’s preventable. The trouble exists because the current Administration
deliberately refuses to secure the border.
Security’s border dereliction is inexcusable and life-threatening. Communities
across all states are plagued by the crime – particularly the illegal drugs
killing Americans by the tens of thousands every year.
2020, over 93,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, a 31 percent increase
from the previous year. That exceeds the Rose Bowl’s capacity.
drug’s prolific: Mexican fentanyl.
a synthetic opioid, is 50 times more potent than heroin. An infinitesimal
amount, even as small as a grain of salt, can result in death.
cartels are producing the deadly drug and smuggling it into the United States
at record highs. They’re also adding fentanyl to other drugs for increased
potency and profits, often without users knowing it, and even marketing it as
deaths result. From January 2019 to June 2019, almost 62 percent of overdose
deaths involved a fentanyl-related substance.
authority scheduling fentanyl analogues expires next month. Congress must act
to permanently schedule these drugs and punish the cartels and drug dealers who
spread this poison across our communities.
a nation of compassion, but we’re also a nation of laws. We’re not obligated
under any charade of compassion to ignore border crime, particularly the surge
of deadly drugs killing tens of thousands here each year. But the government
sits idly by as cartel drugs poison Americans and unleash drug-related violence
upon our communities.
security’s essential in keeping out public safety threats, and a
cartel-controlled border presents our greatest criminal threat.
federal government must be a staunch ally to the states in stopping the crime. The
cartels benefit immensely from an unsecured border, and they’re not exactly
screening for threats to our national security and public safety.
reached a critical juncture and must choose who actually controls the southern
border, and consequently our self-determination and safety: violent drug
cartels or Homeland Security. That choice directs our future.