America is still fighting to keep drugs from pouring over our southern border, but the drugs we face today are not like the drugs that Nancy Reagan said to “Just say no” to. Now the hot topic is fentanyl, a drug so powerful that just two grams is deadly. That is less than half of a teaspoon. The ingredients for the powerful drug come from China to Central America, where the drug is manufactured and brought across our national borders.
Texas is on the front lines of this drug war, and they are doing something about it. In just the last year alone, Texas law enforcement has seized over 353 million doses of fentanyl. That’s enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the nation. Everyone knows that we have a problem, but only one side of the political spectrum is willing to do anything about it. A Texas bill would make a fentanyl dealer liable for a murder charge if their wares cause a death. As Governor Greg Abbott succinctly put it, “You kill Texans with fentanyl. You get charged with murder.”
While I applaud Texas for this courageous action, there is still more that must be done. If you’ve got a sink that is overflowing with water, the first thing you do is turn off the faucet. Likewise, our nation is overflowing with illegal drugs. The first thing we need to do is stop more drugs from pouring in. The reason why conservatives can’t get the left on board with this sound logic is because it goes directly against one of the left’s sacred cows: illegal immigration.
Yet, their pleas for compassion fall deaf on the ears of families who have seen death at the hands of a fentanyl-pushing drug mule. If we want to be compassionate as a nation, we must seal off our southern border to stop the flow of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs onto our streets. The CDC estimates that five thousand Americans lost their lives to fentanyl between July 2021 and July 2022. How many more will have to die before we take action?