Lindsey Graham Sounds Alarm on Drug Cartels ‘Poisoning America’

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Republican senator Lindsey Graham on Tuesday sounded the alarm on the “poisoning of America” caused by the massive inflow of fentanyl into the U.S. from Mexican drug cartels.

“What are we going to do about the poisoning of America?” Graham said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “So here’s what I would say: America is under attack. Our nation is being attacked by foreign powers called drug cartels in Mexico.”

Fentanyl has killed 70,000 Americans a year, the senator said. As the border crisis has devolved into catastrophe, illegal narcotics made in Mexico have been trafficked into the U.S. Many states and their small towns as well as big cities have suffered high death tolls from the smuggling. In 2022, almost 300 people in New Hampshire died after ingesting fentanyl.

“When the Japanese attacked America at Pearl Harbor, they killed about 3,000 Americans; 9/11 when we were attacked, about 3,000. This is the largest attack on American homeland by a foreign power in the history of the nation,” he said.

Graham demanded again, as he has many times before, that the drug cartels operating between Mexico and the U.S. be classified as foreign terrorist organizations. The military should also apprehend and destroy the sites where the drug is manufactured, he suggested. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration in 2022 seized 50.6 million fentanyl pills and over 10,500 pounds of fentanyl powder.

Earlier this month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the fentanyl situation has improved under the Biden administration.

”Because of the work that this President has done, because of what we’ve done specifically on fentanyl at the border, it’s at historic lows — historic levels that we have been able to record a number of personnel working to secure the border because of what we’ve been able to do, seizing that fentanyl,” she said. “We’ve done it in a historic way.  That’s because of what this President has done.”

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