Crisis of Border Lies: Biden’s Border Security Policies Are Actually Working and Keeping Drugs Off the Streets

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If you happen to follow the GOP on Twitter you might think they’re working for the Biden Administration since they highlight his border security accomplishments on a daily basis.

Because of Biden’s increased investments in Homeland Security, USCIS, CBP, and shifting incarceration priorities in ICE, these departments are efficiently managing border security.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested and either removed from the country expeditiously or begun processing through the proper department for their situation.

Among the biggest successes of Biden’s border policies is the amount of fentanyl and other drugs that have been kept off the streets. In fact, not only has enforcement improved by Biden’s investments in the court have led to quick criminal convictions like the one below reported by ICE:

“A Mexican national man was sentenced Oct. 14 in federal court to 108 months in prison in connection with the record-breaking seizure of 17,584 pounds of methamphetamine and 388.93 pounds of fentanyl from a commercial trailer attempting to enter the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The seizure, on Nov.18, 2021, was the nation’s largest in each drug category for the calendar years 2021 and 2022 so far, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated this case.”

In fact, just this week border patrol agents in California seized half a million dollars worth of fentanyl.

The justice department has been aggressively prosecuting and promoting their prosecutions as a deterrent to drug cartels (see: Fentanyl Seizures at Border Continue to Spike, Making San Diego a National Epicenter for Fentanyl Trafficking; U.S. Attorney’s Office Prioritizes Prosecutions and Prevention Programs.)

Declassified Document from Trump Administration Shows Long-Term Challenge of Fentanyl 

A declassified report from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) shows the global challenge that fentanyl places on drug enforcement as supplies flow in from China and India.

As government intelligence agencies have seen the influx coming, funding for enforcement and confiscation has kept up.

When the reports would come up under the Trump administration about arrests at the border or confiscated drugs, Republicans were quick to point to that as a sign of successful border policies.

Now that the Biden administration is more aggressively pursuing cartels and successfully keeping more drugs from getting to American neighborhoods, Republicans now want to frame this as a failure.

More from the Crisis of Border Lies Series

The Crisis of Border Lies series from FactPAC looks at the claims being made by Republicans about the Southern Border. 



DEA: Declassified report on Fentanyl Flow to the United States

CBP: Border Patrol Seizes $500,000 Worth of Fentanyl

American Immigration Council: Spending on border enforcement

Updated on Oct 21, 2022

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