A measure sponsored by Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene would require the execution of anyone caught smuggling fentanyl across the United States’ southern border.
Greene tweeted on Tuesday, “Fentanyl murders 300 Americans daily. It is the leading cause of fatality for Americans under 34 years old. Today, I proposed an amendment to H.R. 467 that would impose the death penalty on offenders who intentionally transport fentanyl across our southern frontier.
As a response to the fentanyl epidemic, some Republican legislators have advocated for new legislation that would implement harsher penalties. The timing of Greene’s proposal coincides with their efforts.
As the border crisis worsens, Republicans have proposed life sentences for those convicted of fentanyl trafficking and the death penalty for those convicted of selling or disseminating the dangerous and lethal opioid.
300 Americans are murdered each day by fentanyl.
It’s the leading killer of young people, 18-34, in America.
Today, I introduced an amendment to H.R. 467 to give the death penalty to criminals who intentionally or knowingly import fentanyl across our Southern border. pic.twitter.com/muoHxMvd61
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) May 22, 2023
The Death Penalty for Dealing Fentanyl Act of 2022, introduced by Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar in late 2017, would impose the death penalty or life in prison on those convicted of selling or disseminating fentanyl.
“Instead of reducing prison sentences for drug offenders, it’s long past time that those responsible for manufacturing or knowingly distributing fentanyl pay a heavy price,” said Gosar. We must take a hard stance against the criminals who are contributing to the current drug crisis.
“One of the many deeply troubling consequences of Joe Biden’s open border policies is the deadly flow of fentanyl across the southern border. Since Biden assumed office in January 2021, more than 1,000,000 pounds of illegal drugs have been seized, including 7,700 pounds of fentanyl in just the first five months of 2022. The overwhelming majority of fentanyl is smuggled across the border from Mexico,” he said at the time.
In his public statement, Gosar stated:
Since 1775, more Americans have perished of drug poisoning in the last 23 years than in all conflicts combined.
Total number of U.S. deaths in World War 2: 406,000
Total number of U.S. deaths in the Korean War: 40,000
Total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War: 58,000
Total number of U.S. deaths over 20 years in the War Against Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan, including contractors): 14,000
Total number of U.S. soldiers killed in battle in all conflicts since 1775: 651,000
Total number of drug poisoning deaths in the U.S. since 1999: 932,000
“Instead of reducing prison sentences for drug offenders, those responsible for manufacturing or knowingly distributing fentanyl should pay a heavy price,” Gosar said.
Last week, American authorities detained an Afghan national who was on the country’s terrorism watch list, aggravating the border problem that President Joe Biden created for himself.
According to Fox News’ sources, the Afghan national entered the country in Otay Mesa, California, along with a group of migrants. Border Patrol agents discovered that the individual was a match in the Terrorist Screening Database after conducting standard arrival processing, including a fingerprint check. The FBI was then informed of the results and instructed to initiate an investigation.
The detained individual crossed the border one day prior to the expiration of Title 42, a COVID-19 emergency measure that permitted border patrol agents to turn away immigrants. Fox News reports that thousands of migrants have arrived at the United States-Mexico border since the expiration of the policy.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Biden’s border policies, which he put in place on his first day in office and which Republicans claim led to a two-year record influx of illegal immigration, attract terrorists, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the lawmaker who represents the district where the Afghan national was apprehended. CONTINUE READING…