Senators Perdue, Daines Visit Southern Border

“Those who call this crisis ‘manufactured’ are ignoring reality.”

MCALLEN, TX – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) visited the U.S.-Mexico border to see the security crisis firsthand. The Senators viewed illegal crossing hotspots and received real-time briefings from border patrol agents.

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“There is an illegal drug and security crisis at our southern border,” said the senators. “Those who call this crisis ‘manufactured’ are ignoring reality. As we saw firsthand, U.S. border patrol agents are facing consequences of a porous border every day without adequate physical barriers and resources. It’s now clear that the real tragedy is the dramatic increase in illegal drug trafficking. We will continue working to ensure our border patrol agents have the resources they need, so they can do their jobs and protect Americans.”

There has been a dramatic spike in illegal drugs at the southern border. From FY2017 to FY2018:

  • 38% increase in methamphetamine
  • 22% increase in heroin
  • 73% increase in fentanyl

In FY2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1.7 million pounds of narcotics, including:

  • 282,000 pounds of cocaine
  • 248,000 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 6,500 pounds of heroin
  • 2,400 pounds of fentanyl