Biden: 'You Notice How Many People Are Dying of Opioid Overdoses Now?'

Susan Jones | August 31, 2022 | 6:10am EDT
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Ray Donovan, chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stands in front of "The Faces of Fentanyl" wall, which displays photos of Americans who died of a fentanyl overdose, at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13, 2022. America's opioid crisis has reached catastrophic proportions, with over 80,000 people dying of opioid overdoses last year, most of them due to illicit synthetics such as fentanyl. (Photo by AGNES BUN/AFP via Getty Images)
Ray Donovan, chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stands in front of "The Faces of Fentanyl" wall, which displays photos of Americans who died of a fentanyl overdose, at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13, 2022. America's opioid crisis has reached catastrophic proportions, with over 80,000 people dying of opioid overdoses last year, most of them due to illicit synthetics such as fentanyl. (Photo by AGNES BUN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden told an audience in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday that his crime fighting plan "does something else really important: It addresses the opioid epidemic," he said.

"You notice how many people are dying of opioid overdoses now?" the president asked. "And by the way, laced with fentanyl."

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mexico and China are the primary source countries for fentanyl trafficked directly into the United States.

That drug, and others, are smuggled across the porous southwest border daily.

Just five days ago, in fact, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 340 packages of fentanyl pills weighing 187 pounds near Gila Bend, Arizona. Fentanyl is generally considered lethal at just 2 milligrams.

"But we’re going to impose tougher penalties for deadly fentanyl trafficking that’s poisoning communities across this country," said Biden, who refuses to enforce border security -- or even visit the places where hordes of people cross illegally into the United States every single day.

Biden said tougher penalties for fentanyl trafficking "is a key part of the Unity Agenda...that I announced in my State of the Union Address. We can do this. We have to do this. We’ll make America safer."

As CNSNews.com has reported, Since February 2021, the first full month of Joe Biden's presidency, 3,385,016 people are known to have entered the country illegally, based on "encounter" statistics reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

That number includes 1,946,780 in the current Fiscal Year, which ends in September (see chart below).

(Source: CBP)
(Source: CBP)

It's not clear how many of the total "encounters" have been expelled for public health or other reasons, only to repeat their illegal entry attempts.

Likewise, an unknown number of people, including human/drug smugglers, have crossed the southwest border undetected.


Also See:
Rep. Byron Donalds: Biden's Open Borders Goal Is to 'Change the Electorate'

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