U.S Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday regarding the threats he believes Americans are facing from the escalating border crisis.
With more illegal immigration and fewer deportations under the Biden administration, Moore believes the U.S is poised for disaster.
Moore began his remarks by drawing attention to the repeated issues wherein he believed the warnings of House Republicans were ignored.
“I’m getting tired of being right on so many issues,” Moore said. "... We warned that if we spent trillions and trillions of dollars on COVID that we would see inflation; as a result, the American people are feeling that pain. We warned that if we shut down the Keystone pipeline, then we had to beg [Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)] to increase production, we would see an increase in prices, and we continue to see that affect American families.”
Moore used his time to implore his fellow lawmakers to address the issues concerning the southern border.
According to Moore, the lack of security and enforcement on the border leaves the U.S ripe for a massive influx in drug trafficking, since illegal immigrants who do not have the cash required to pay criminals to ferry them across the border can pay their debt by smuggling drugs for the cartels.
Moore claims that the policies of the Biden administration have created a system in which more and more people are forced into being drug mules.
“If you want to pay passage to the drug cartel, you have an option: you can backpack heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine across the southern border,” Moore said. “Now, the thing we need to be reminded of is those drugs are not going to stay in those border towns. We saw that this year we are losing one person every five minutes to fentanyl overdoses in our country. We’re setting a new record level there, and there were a lot of sad mothers on Mother's Day this past Sunday.”
Moore claimed there had been a 134% increase in fentanyl-related overdoses in 2021.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that last year for the first time, more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses over 12 months. About two-thirds of the deaths were linked to fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, heroin or prescription opioids.
Moore further claimed that the policies of the Biden administration had hamstrung law enforcement and border patrol and had created more human trafficking.
Former President Donald Trump received tremendous criticism for implementing policies that would separate children and adults at the border.
According to Moore, the methods used by the previous administration were instrumental in verifying if a child traveling with an adult was due to a familial relationship or something more sinister, since human traffickers will often transport their victims under the ruse of being related to the child.
“Used to, they would at least separate the child from the mother to do an interview to try to get to the bottom of, ‘Are these people really related or are these children being trafficked into America?’” Moore said. “The border patrol agents are so overwhelmed right now on our southern border. … They don’t even interview now. We’re putting these children on buses (and) we don’t know what city we’re sending them to.
“We are creating a crisis in this nation. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m afraid I’m not. The drugs are coming to your community, and the left wants to defund police. Most of this money now, the indentured servants and the human trafficked, the ones who don’t traffic the drugs across in a backpack, they’re making installment payments to the cartels south of the border, so most of the money being made is being sent south of the border."
Moore produced a series of statistics that demonstrate his grim prediction.
According to Moore, the Biden administration has said they are tracking 42 people on a terrorist watchlist who were arrested at the border, which means those suspected terrorists could have been released into the states after apprehension.
Moore also claimed that there had been a 68% drop in deportations in 2021, the lowest level in 26 years. Additionally, about 700,000 people have gotten away from law enforcement. Under President Biden, an estimated 2.4 million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border, not including escapees. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that when Title 42 is lifted, illegal crossings could climb from 12,000 to 18,000 crossers per day.
Moore ended his remarks by pleading with the Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take the time to visit the southern border.
“Please go see what’s going on,” Moore said. “We have an invasion on the southern border. We do not have operational control anymore on the southern border. The drug cartels are controlling our southern border. It’s estimated that the cartels are going to make close to $100 billion this year on just human trafficking alone; that does not count their drug profits.
“… I will say this: a closed border is a compassionate border.”
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