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Graham: “We Are Going To Unleash The Fury And Might Of The U.S. Against These Drug Cartels”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) today held a press conference on legislation that would combat the scourge of fentanyl in America and the violence caused by Mexican drug cartels.

  • GRAHAM: “Drug cartels in Mexico have been terrorizing Americans for decades. We are going to unleash the fury and might of the U.S. against these cartels. We are going to destroy their business model and their lifestyle because our national security and the security of the United States as a whole depends on us taking this decisive action.”
  • GRAHAM: “The second step that we will be engaging in is give the military the authority to go after these organizations wherever they exist. Not to invade Mexico. Not to shoot Mexican airplanes down. But to destroy drug labs that are poisoning Americans.”
  • GRAHAM: “What drives this? It’s fentanyl. It has been a game changer. More people died in the United States from fentanyl poisoning than car wrecks and gun violence combined. Fentanyl is becoming the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45. Two hundred Americans die every day due to fentanyl overdoses. Fentanyl overdoses cause the equivalent of a new September 11th every two weeks.”
  • GRAHAM: “I think [Senator Kennedy] and I believe that if there were an ISIS or Al Qaeda cell [operating] in Mexico that lobbed a rocket into Texas, we would wipe them off the planet. They [Mexican drug cartels] are doing that times thousands and our response is inadequate.”
  • GRAHAM: “To the President of Mexico, fentanyl is a weapon of mass destruction being unleashed on America from your country. It’s coming from your country. You’re allowing safe havens for these groups to operate with impunity. Because what you’re doing is not working. Your country is being used by narcoterrorists to poison America. We ask you to help us.”