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Tags: joe arpaio | arizona | southern border | china | mexico | fentanyl | illegal immigration

Former Sheriff Arpaio to Newsmax: Time to Get Tough on Immigration

(Newsmax/"American Agenda")

By    |   Wednesday, 28 September 2022 04:38 PM EDT

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax on Wednesday that it's "about time" politicians recognize the problems caused by illegal immigration, including the rising number of deaths due to the illegal drug fentanyl, which comes across the southern border.

"The drug problem is a big problem, especially at the Mexico-U.S. border," Arpaio, who has spent 50 years dealing with illegal drugs coming across the border said during "American Agenda" Wednesday. "It's been a problem. You have politicians now talking about the drug problems, and it's about time to do something about it. I think this is another wakeup call when you start talking about drugs, killing our young people."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 107,622 people died from drug overdoses in 2021, a 15% increase over the estimated 93,655 deaths in 2020.

Specifically, deaths from opioids rose from 70,029 estimated in 2020 to 80,816 in 2021, primarily from fentanyl, the agency reported in May.

A Drug Enforcement Agency report in January 2020 found China and Mexico as the main suppliers of the drug into the United States, mostly coming across the southern border.

The DEA's report said that the average amount of fentanyl seized from a Chinese source weighed less than one kilogram but had a 90% concentration of the drug's pure form.

The Department of Justice reported in August that the number of fentanyl seizures at the border "spiked," especially in San Diego, making it the "epicenter" for fentanyl trafficking.

"2016 was the first year San Diego Sector Border Patrol tracked fentanyl seizures," San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke said in the DOJ's August press release. "In that year, our sector seized a total of 71 pounds. This fiscal year to date, San Diego Sector has already seized over 600 pounds, an increase of 745 percent, with two months remaining in the fiscal year. We will continue to work with our national and international partners to dismantle these criminal organizations and keep our borders free of these nefarious actors."

Arpaio said that the U.S. needs to gather the people coming in illegally and "throw them out of the country" to deal with both problems.

"Throw them all out of the country," he said. "Those that are here illegally. Throw them out. I'm credited with a quarter of a million people that I was responsible for as sheriff, of locking them up in the interior, and then deporting them, and prosecuting them. Get tough at the border, it's about time." 

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Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax on Wednesday that it's "about time" politicians recognize the problems caused by illegal immigration, including the rising number of deaths due to the illegal drug fentanyl, which comes across the southern border.
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Wednesday, 28 September 2022 04:38 PM
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