A former Drug Enforcement Agency official says the war on drugs, particularly the fentanyl crisis, is so bad in the United States that he supports military intervention.
“The president should immediately declare a national security and public health emergency,” former Special Operations Director Derek Maltz Sr. said during a Congressional hearing this week. “Let’s make that clear because we have chemical substances all over our streets. These are not overdoses. In my view, fentanyl is a chemical weapon.”
“The narco terrorists in Mexico are destroying our country,” he continued. “They need to be held accountable, even if it means using our U.S. military.”
Maltz told the “Just the News, No Noise” television show on Wednesday that some members of Congress supported military action against organizations pushing fentanyl.
“I know Michael Waltz and Dan Crenshaw are now calling for the use of the military,” he stated. “This is not the typical opioid addiction, which is a legitimate issue. And there’s so many people that need help. But this is something different. We’ve never experienced it in the history of the country.”
Maltz further advocated a tightening of lawful immigration to limit trafficking operations.
“The kids now in America are on the visas picking up millions of dollars from the cartel operators,” he stated. “Let’s start looking at shutting down visas. But I don’t want to be too optimistic.”
Fentanyl is a highly potent narcotic entering the U.S. in ever-increasing volume. Border officials seized a staggering 9,400 pounds of the substance in the last three months of 2022 alone. In all of fiscal year 2022, authorities seized 14,700 pounds of fentanyl.
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The report also shows how extremely fast the numbers are rising. As of the evening of August 10 Border Control had nearly 17,000 illegal migrants in custody, up from 7,696 two months prior on June 8. Just this week there were 8,923 migrant encounters by CBP on Monday and 7,730 illegal migrants released into the country, according to the new data.
Democratic El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said Saturday that the city is at its “breaking point,” while Democratic Eagle Pass Mayor declared a state of emergency in recent days. Agents have also become increasingly vocal about what they are enduring. One agent stationed along the northern border said “Our duties now revolve around virtual processing and the facilitation of the inflow of illegal migration into the United States. The scenario unfolds with agents stationed at their respective posts, immersed in virtual paperwork, striving to cope with the overwhelming surge of illegal migrants, far outpacing our capacity to process them efficiently. This has rendered our border exposed and vulnerable.”
“In my extensive 13-year tenure, I find myself grappling with a reality I never envisaged. Our current circumstances defy logic; established policies, our solemn oaths, and the very essence of our professional calling have been eroded. Instead, we find ourselves relegated to mere affirmations from higher authorities, commending our efforts. The days of border patrol, the pursuit of illicit substances—what we colloquially term ‘dope’—have yielded to a role resembling that of caretakers,” the agent added.
“We are upset because what they are making us do is break our oath we pledged. They have taken our job and made it a joke. We have endangered the country in so many ways. We must sleep at night knowing we are the reason this nation is in trouble,” another agent said.
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