Immigration expedites the deadly drug trade; border wall necessary

Media reports often blame U.S. doctors and pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis, while knowingly or unknowingly, ignoring the main source.

We’ve been hearing this for years from people who’ve worked at the border with Mexico.  In a current analysis by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, he gives details about the operation of drug runners and how they’ve been able to build up a huge business delivering cheap, powerful drugs to customers in the U.S.  

Here are excerpts from Gosar’s article, which is online at:

“…The overwhelming source of the problem is cheap but powerful drugs coming in from Mexico by way of China.

“There is another core contributor to the problem that isn’t as widely known: the river of illegal aliens surging across our porous borders. As former LA Times reporter Sam Quinones’ award-winning book, Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opioid Epidemic recounts, just as standards for the prescription of oxycodone and other painkillers were being tightened, a group of largely illegal Mexican immigrants from Xalisco, in the Mexican state of Nayarit, pioneered a new model of heroin distribution. It was in essence Uber for drug dealers, involving small franchises, with a nonviolent approach, carrying small amounts of drugs directly to addicts in their homes and neighborhoods, using a customer-first mentality and lots and lots of delivery drivers.

“From Dreamland, ‘The delivery drivers did tours of six months and then left. If they were arrested they were deported, not prosecuted, because they never carried large amounts of dope.’ With hundreds of new illegal aliens from the state entering the country every day, the police could arrest as many street-level dealers as they liked. As a DEA agent tells Quinones in another part of the book, ‘We arrest drivers all the time and they send new ones up from Mexico. They never go away.’ There would always be new dealers, and the model could continue. An essential part of the process was the dealers returning home, where their ill-gotten gains provided them with status in their rural, poor homeland. …

“There is also, of course, the fact that a porous border allows drugs to flow across the border, but people are much easier to interdict than fentanyl. That is why we must also deliver on the president’s border wall–providing $5 billion in unrestricted funding this year, immediately.  …”