The crisis at the southern border continues to be a big issue among Republican lawmakers as the number of migrant encounters exceeds 1,000,000 since October 2022, according to Fox News. U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) blames the Biden administration's open-border policies for the influx of migrants and the deadly drugs being smuggled in.
"The Biden administration's policies are creating drug mules that pay their passage to the cartel, who have operational control of our southern border, by backpacking heroin, cocaine and fentanyl into our country," Moore said on Newsmax's "American Agenda." "The 107,000 that died [from fentanyl poisoning] is a tragedy, but that number will continue to increase until we secure the U.S. southern border."
🚨 107,000 Americans dying from fentanyl poisoning last year is a terrible tragedy, but this number will only grow until we secure our southern border.— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) February 27, 2023
Enjoyed joining @Newsmax to discuss what I saw at the border with @JudiciaryGOP! pic.twitter.com/rG6EW19tnU
Of the million migrants encountered by Border Patrol so far, about 354,522 are known to have evaded capture, Fox reported, which doesn't account for those that came in completely undetected. Some migrants want to be caught by Border patrol, Moore said, so that they can benefit from government subsidies.
"In Yuma, sheriffs told me the drugs are split 50/50 — we seize about half, and the other half is coming through these open holes in the border where we stopped construction on the wall and did away with the remain in Mexico policy," Moore continued. "To add insult to injury, these people come in through the border and turn themselves into the border patrol agents and then get a notice to appear in court which entitles them to subsidies to the tune of about $800 a month per person."
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