President Biden’s inability to secure the southern border will lead to the deaths of American children as drug cartels take advantage of the nation’s vulnerability, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
“We have these porous borders. These [drug] cartels figure out … not only how to get into Texas, California and Arizona, but all across the country and build up networks. Our local law enforcement … are under enormous pressure because of the drugs,” Pompeo told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show in an interview that aired Sunday.
“Kids all across America are going to die as a result of the failure of this Administration to secure that border,” he added.
Pompeo’s comments come just days after the Drug Enforcement Agency issued a public safety warning last week about an “alarming increase” in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl found in the US.
The DEA said the majority of the bogus pills are manufactured in Mexico from chemicals supplied by China and then smuggled into the US.
It said more than 9.5 million of the phony pills have been seized already this year — double the amount confiscated over the past two years.
“DEA laboratory testing reveals a dramatic rise in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose,” the DEA said in the alert.
The federal agency also announced last week that 1.8 million fake pills containing fentanyl were seized during a two-month-long investigation that led to 810 arrests.
The pills with the deadly synthetic opioid had the potential to kill more than 700,000 people, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said.
The DEA also seized more than 1,500 pounds of fentanyl powder — or enough to make tens of millions of additional pills.
The Biden administration has struggled to contain the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border after rolling back or ending many of the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump.
Last month, thousands of Haitian refugees crossed the border into the US and settled at a makeshift camp near Del Rio, Texas.
While many were deported to Haiti or voluntarily returned to Mexico, roughly 12,400 migrants were released in the US, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.