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President Joe Biden is fueling a raging fentanyl epidemic that is a true national public health emergency that requires immediate action. A new wave of the Biden border crisis is boiling with the end of Title 42, but this administration has shown little interest in actually resolving it. One thing is clear: America needs new leadership.
All over this great country, I hear again and again the pain of families who have lost loved ones to fentanyl. Communities are feeling the effects of this terrible epidemic and it is very close to me. My friend Alan Xiao buried his 27-year-old son of the same name who died of fentanyl earlier this year. Alan’s poignant story is a stark reminder that there is no family in this country that has not experienced this tragedy.
The plague does not discriminate. In Biden’s America, every town is a border town, and anyone can fall victim at any time. President Biden’s failure to secure the border is directly responsible for the rising death toll of Americans from fentanyl.
The problem will only get worse as the Biden administration allows Title 42 to expire, and even Mayorcas’ approval in 2022 will only spike the number of immigrants appearing along the southern border. . Not only is more fentanyl flowing into our communities due to government inaction, but more felons, traffickers, drug traffickers, and known terrorists are on the streets and in our family neighborhoods. will be placed. This is the tragic story we witnessed. It was previously under the watchful eye of President Biden.
Border Patrol may begin releasing vetted parolees once Title 42 expires
Reality is harsh under his leadership, but we have a chance to change course ourselves. The time has come for us to take bold and decisive action. It starts with securing our borders and dismantling the criminal cartels that are trafficking fentanyl into our country. Here’s how:
beginning, passed my bill, the Alan T. Hsiao II Fentanyl Public Health Emergency and Overdose Prevention Act, using powers similar to those under title 42, to establish a new public health emergency, fentanyl. Let’s adapt to the trend of Fentanyl now kills more Americans ages 18 to 45 than COVID-19, car crashes, cancer and suicide combined, making fentanyl the leading cause of death among adults. ing. It would be unfair to grieving families and loved ones to treat this more harshly than the response to COVID-19.
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NextLet’s pass the Border Security Act. This pivotal bill diverts $15 billion previously designated by the Biden administration to employ 87,000 IRS employees and instead funds critical border security initiatives. These funds will give our border agents the tools and incentives they need to effectively do their jobs, complete construction of the southern border wall, and end the Biden administration’s disastrous catch-and-release policy. would give
finallyCongress passed the Fentanyl Blocking Act to curb the financial flows that power these cartels by leveraging the economic security tools at their disposal and empowering law enforcement to do their jobs. I have to. It would enact the toughest sanctions regime in U.S. history against criminal cartels, freeze their collective and individual assets, and limit their ability to conduct transactions within the United States and abroad.
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Together, my three bills form a three-pronged approach to addressing and ultimately resolving border crises. Fentanyl epidemic.
The solution is right in front of you. It’s time for the President to implement them. Guided by an optimistic vision of what America will be like under new leadership, we are tasked with keeping our streets safe, our southern border secure, and our nation on track for a better, brighter future. I know I’ll get through
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