A Scott Rasmussen national survey of registered voters found that 61% think drug cartels hold greater control over the U.S. southern border than the American government does.
“They are right. So – now we should do something about it. We should commit to provide #NotOneMorePenny to fund open borders & to empower cartels. #StandUpForAmerica,” Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas tweeted when sharing the link to a National Review piece about the poll.
The poll also found that 54% of registered voters do not think that the federal government is truly attempting to secure the border and decrease unlawful immigration.
According to the methodology section, the survey “was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on September 20-21, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc.”
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has suggested that the U.S. should “get tough on the border and even tougher on the Sinaloa Cartel” in order to tackle the problem of the deadly drug fentanyl.
The lawmaker tweeted earlier this week, “Bomb Sinaloa. Not kidding.”
“Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG),” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that there have been more than 2 million southwest land border encounters during the 11-month period from October 2021 through August 2022.
Many GOP figures have called for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign — in a September 21 letter to Mayorkas, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri declared, “Your intentional disregard for our country’s immigration laws makes you unfit to remain in office. You should resign.”
A group of GOP lawmakers has backed a measure to put the kibosh on catch and release policies, but the bill likely has no chance of advancing through the Democrat-controlled Congress.
“Catch and release is incentivizing historic levels of illegal immigration, stretching Border Patrol resources thin, and making our communities unsafe,” Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, said, according to a press release. “My legislation restores integrity in our immigration system by explicitly prohibiting DHS from paroling or otherwise releasing illegal aliens into the country. DHS can either detain the illegal alien or require them to remain outside the United States while their claim is pending. We must maintain operational control of the southern border and this legislation gets us closer to that.”
A man interviewed on Fox News said that he came to the U.S. illegally and that America’s border is open. “It’s open, not closed,” the man said. “It’s open because we enter, we come in, free. No problem.”
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