The Storm Brewing at the Border


Illegal Migrant Caravan
The Storm Brewing at the Border

USA – -( A perfect storm is brewing in the Southern Hemisphere and making its way north to the United States.

Heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids already pour through America’s southern border and this infiltration is one of three elements that will feed the perfect storm. Every day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses and tainted drugs passing through our southern border.

The second element is MS-13, the brutal gang that is a drug courier of choice to the Mexican drug cartels for distribution of these drugs within the United States.

When these two elements are mixed with the third element – the caravan of 7,000 to 10,000 people, mostly men, seeking to break through our southern border – you complete a toxic combination leading to a perfect storm.

MS-13 gang members have already been found in the mass migration (although some have claimed they are no longer affiliated with the gang). It is not hard to spot them with their MS-13 tattoos. It is only a small leap in logic that MS-13 will be using the caravan as a cover to increase their drug and human trafficking operations.

This combination magnifies the threat to America’s national security. A border wall is needed more than ever. This must not be the partisan issue that some have made of it. Saving our children’s lives from the scourge of deadly drugs is not a partisan issue. Imagine one airliner crashing every day and killing 115 passengers. This would be a national emergency that would eclipse partisanship. The death of 115 Americans by overdose every day should also eclipse partisanship.

As Marlon Miller of the Department of Homeland Security explained to the House Committee on Homeland Security on June 19, “[a] significant quantity of bulk Mexico-sourced heroin, and Chinese-sourced fentanyl transiting through Mexico, . . . is smuggled across the shared border with Mexico via the land border ports of entry.”

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, in March 2017, 18 kilograms of fentanyl hidden in a semi-truck load of bell peppers was seized at a checkpoint in Sonora, California. Later that year, another semi-truck traveling to Tijuana from Mexico City was seized carrying 30,000 fentanyl-laced pills and 63 kilos of powder containing the drug. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 355 kilograms of fentanyl in fiscal year 2017 at San Diego ports of entry alone. In April of this year, Nebraska state troopers seized 118 pounds of fentanyl, enough to kill more than 26 million people, during a routine traffic stop.

To have lasting effects against the opioid crisis, we must cut off the supply chain — and this means securing our borders. But it’s not the drugs alone we need to stop. The criminals who control this drug trade are some of the worst, most brutal gangsters ever to come into our country. MS-13 and drug cartels are made up of violent criminals who are not striving to achieve the American dream — they are trying to kill it. It is widely reported that members of these gangs rape, behead, and bury their victims. These gangs move into a neighborhood or city and take control. They get their victims hooked on drugs and keep them coming back for more.

MS-13 has roughly 10,000 members in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia, according to the most up-to-date FBI estimates. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has even asked for the gang to be labelled a terrorist group, with polling suggesting that the American public supports this reclassification.

Of course, securing the border, alone, will not solve the opioid crisis. This is why President Trump recently took an important step by signing the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. This is a bipartisan piece of legislation that passed the Senate 99-1. It takes a multi-faceted approach that is necessary for solving this crisis, one that deals with treatment and recovery, interdiction, and deterrence.

Yet, securing our border remains the biggest step we can take to ensure that illicit opioids never enter our communities in the first place. I am not talking about completely shutting down immigration for all refugees, migrant workers, and other people who try to immigrate legally. In fact, I have championed legislation to welcome such hardworking and law-abiding immigrants. I am talking about keeping out gang members and criminals who want to destroy lives and entire communities. If we are serious about this issue, we need to stop talking about abolishing ICE and start securing the border.

We need to stop the caravan. We need to build the wall.

Your Friend,

Newt Gingrich
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  • 22 thoughts on “The Storm Brewing at the Border

    1. Re this “caravan” and what to do with/about it, the answer is obvious. Stop It, peacefully if possible, but stop it. As for these MS-13 types, send them back when’d they came, either walking or in the proverbial wooden box.

      1. @Alan, Can’t stop it in Mexico. That land is not ours. Once they put so much as a toe on our land, they have a statutory right to claim political asylum. Once the word “asylum” comes out of their mouth, we have to give them a hearing date, and hold them or release them. There are too many to hold.
        These statutes were promulgated by democrats. Go vote.

    2. On tv churches and other organizations say they will welcome these invading armies from central america and probably south america with open arms, giving them money, apartment and jobs! George Soros and other anti-American billionaires and democrats are giving out pre-paid MasterCard to these people, telling them to hurry to America and they’ll et more! Illegals want your job! We’ve got unemployed veterans living homeless in the streets, but these charities could care less about homeless veterans, they are more interested in illegals signing them up as democrats and getting them on welfare. I’ve got 2 friends who cant find work, everywhere they go there is 30 or 40 applications ahead of them and now places want them to speak spanish! Or they wont hire them. Isnt that racist? They have Hispanic museums shop Hispanic days. You never hear of white people museums or shop white people store days.They caravan invaders want to take: your job, your money and steal your car! Illegals want your job!

    3. Along with barb wire still say Apache helos An few tanks. Definitely sends a more than a message.

        1. do leos allow cartels to import their products because it provides job security – it surely seems that way to me when i know personally of a second world country in nato doing a much better job than the us is…

    4. But, but ,but Phil Bredesen,candidate for senate from Tn. says there is nothing to worry about. They are just a bunch of poor people looking for a better life. The libs don’t think it is bad to bring drugs, disease, human trafficking and Ms-13 here in groves. The only thing they see is here comes a big bunch of voters. Anyone that claims to be a democrat needs their head examined.

    5. We can thank the scummy

    6. These scum are coming here to take , they have said as much. They are coming to become law abiding citizens and nice people , and alot of them are dangerous people also. If these people decide to throw rocks or cocktails or shoot at our military in any way , it should be known to everyone up front , that they will become fair game and will be dealt with accordingly and shot if necessary. No harm whatsover should come to our military or citizens anymore !!! It might not be a war yet , but some of them will want to make it one . Good luck and God bless our men and women in the uniform !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7. The dems want to keep a border open that has the drugs flow across it that kill 115 people a day and yet they want our guns. I’m preaching to the choir here, but it makes me sick. What a bunch of friggin’ hypocrites!

    8. Contact your elected officials, especially the President. If Congress cannot build the wall then tell the military to build it. Corps of Engineers has done similar things before in the US. President Trump has the executive authority to realign $25B of the military’s budget to accomplish this national defense issue. Build the wall!

    9. Out’a ship everyone in favor of being invaded to the border to live. Even though the invaders will make their way N,W,&E in time, it would sure scare the you know what out of those blue wavers. who knows….they might wake up?

    10. I realize there is a problem with illegal opioids that needs to be dealt with, but typical of the government, they are restricting legal opioids for people who have legitimate prescriptions, including veterans, retirees and people with chronic pain, and not dealing directly with the illegal smuggled opioids. Another case of penalizing the innocent in order to “deal with” criminals by the government.. Building a wall addresses and limits the influx of illegals like these scumbags from Mexico and Central America marching on the border, but it will do nothing to address and limit the ridiculous wrong headed actions of government bureaucrats against honest citizens.

      1. the government has no place involving themselves between a doctor and his patient,period! i suffer from chronic pain and i have to do the dance of death to get a script every month. the people who abuse drugs will just find something else to kill themselves with,my old boss used to say,let the stupid be punished,i agree wholeheartedly!

    11. This is a hostile invading force. They have burned U.S. flags along the way and are proudly carrying the flags of the nations they claim to be escaping. The majority admit they are coming to take, they are not interested in becoming U.S. Citizens. We have enough social leeches here already without adding this scum. The Dems see them as more tax payer funded Democrat Voters, the Soros bunch see them as an invading force to collapse the U.S. and there are those in our society that see cheap labor. I say the first that throws a rock or a molotov they are fair game. Stop them at the border and push them back into Mexico.

    12. Newt, you neglect simple supply and demand. As long as people want the dug and are willing to pay for them, they’ll get through.

    13. Preachin” to the choir here dontcha’ think Newt? You need to be making your buddies Mitch McTurtle and Lyin Ryan’s phone ring for this as well as a few other choice pieces of legislation that have been languishing for YEARS! Hard to pull the lever for the red wave when they can’t even make my concealed carry permit good in all 50 states.

    14. In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of flags of South American countries in the forefront of that column. So far as I’m concerned, the moment one of those flag carriers crosses the border, they have become an invading army and should be dealt with accordingly. As for the remainder of the invaders, round them up, cage them long enough to ship them to all the countries that claim we are being too protective of our borders.

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