Sunday, May 19, 2024

Biden administration’s malfeasance on fentanyl and border security continues

From the moment the Biden administration took office two years ago America’s southern border descended into chaos. Thousands of illegal aliens stream across what amounts to no border at all on a monthly basis. The vast majority have undergone no real vetting—and that’s just the ones that have been “encountered.” Unknown numbers have come across without being observed or detained by US law enforcement.

The reality is that not everyone coming across the southern border is a Central American migrant seeking employment. Thousands of illegal aliens are “OTMs” (Other Than Mexican), and a significant number of those are classified as “Special Interest aliens,” meaning they are from countries of known terrorism concern, such as Somalia, Nigeria, Syria, Afghanistan, and others.

The number one cause of death in adults in the US between the ages of 18 and 47 is death by fentanyl. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are dead from this scourge. Most of that fentanyl flows from Chinese ports and travels to the US via the Mexican drug cartels that control the border. Even more concerning is the documented threat of Fentanyl being used as a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).

In fact, not only is the Biden administration ignoring the wide open border, they are also making cuts in the effort to stem the flow of drugs across that border.

Over the past few years one of the most effective weapons in countering the flow of illegal drugs have been RC-26 Condor ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft flown by Air National Guard pilots along the border.

Those aircraft are headed to the scrapyard because the Biden Defense Department and Congress failed to provide funding for them:

Once it became clear in March that Congress was unlikely to adopt a provision that would have extended funding for the aircraft, the Air Force told pilots who operate the RC-26 that they could continue to fly missions until April 2023, according to internal memos obtained by CNN.

But in November, pilots received new orders, instructing them to take their planes to the boneyard before the end of the year so they could be scrapped for parts, rather than sold to another non-Defense Department entity as originally planned, the memos show.

Multiple sources characterized the shift as a “drastic change” by the Air Force that came without warning. As a result, the force will lose roughly 80 pilots at a time when it is already facing a service-wide shortage, sources say.

This is a key loss in the effort to save American lives and is the latest example of a Biden administration which is so oblivious to the border threat that it appears to be deliberate negligence.

You’d think that an administration that professes to care about Americans would be pulling out the stops to secure the open border and prevent fentanyl from coming in and killing thousands of Americans.

But that appears not to be the case.