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Border Patrol deputy chief says ‘300 to 400 border patrol agents’ a day are out of work quarantining

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By Jenny Goldsberry

US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz announced in a press conference Thursday that he has hundreds of agents in quarantine as a result of contracting COVID-19 from migrants at the border. According to him, as many as 400 agents a day are out of commission because of the virus.

“What we’re experiencing now with unaccompanied children, family units, migrants from countries that we traditionally don’t experience, these tremendous flows from are what our Border Patrol agents are faced with each and every day,” Ortiz said. “Then you compound that with this COVID threat. At any given day, I may have between 300 and 400 Border Patrol agents that are in a quarantine status.”

As a result of contracting COVID-19, some have even died. “I wear this black badge over my badge because we’ve lost eight Border Patrol agents in the line of duty to COVID or to other events,” Ortiz explained. “And one is too many.”

This is among the first data set the public has received directly from the source. Earlier this week, CNN’s Brianna Keilar said stories about COVID cases at the border were “BS” and “racist.”

In response, Sara Carter tweeted at Keilar. “I’m sorry Brianna but you need to get down to the border and actually do some reporting,” Carter wrote. “It’s unbelievable how misinformed you are.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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