President Trump has promised to fight the Opioid Crisis, which has claimed more American lives than even traffic accidents. He has tied the increase in border security to the winning of this newest national challenge.
Trump revealed his plan during a recent rally in New Hampshire, one of the states worst hit by the Opioid Crisis. Calling the epicenter of the crisis a, “drug-infested den” he explained to New Hampshirites how border security will stop the flow of drugs, and drug lord illegals from infesting the US.
“Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border, where eventually the Democrats will agree with us, and we’ll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out,” said President Trump.
Deaths caused by opioids have seen a significant spike, up 28% from 2015 to 2016. Addiction groups have pleaded with the administration and Congress to fully fund treatments and services for addiction recovery and prevention.
Trump floated the idea of serving drug dealers the death penalty for their crimes, including illegal aliens, and foreign drug pushers within our borders. “In 2017, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] arrested criminal aliens with 76,000 charges and convictions for dangerous drug crimes,” said President Trump.
Trump also blamed Democrats for failing to work with him on needed immigration reforms. “They don’t want to go with DACA because they don’t care about DACA, but they’re trying to tie the wall to DACA, and DACA to the wall,” said President Trump. “And they want to keep DACA for the campaign instead of getting it approved, which we could do very easily.”
In addition to that, he said, “We’ll make it part of the campaign also, and we’ll win because we’re going to win on those issues.”
President Trump implied that the sanctuary cities must comply with the federal immigration authorities. If they fail to do so, they must not be given any funds, Trump urged the Congress.
“Ending sanctuary cities is crucial to stopping the drug addiction crisis,” said Trump – after which he brought an ICE agent on the stage to present brief remarks.
“If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time,” said President Trump, whilst praising other countries for imposing death penalties on drug traffickers.
Certain lawmakers and advocates are not in the favor of the movement and label it as a wrong approach to resolving the crisis, which might obstruct the path of this positive movement.
“We cannot arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic — we tried that and ended up with an even bigger addiction problem and the world’s largest prison population,” stated Senator Dick Durbin (Ill.) (the Number 2 Senate Democrat). “Everyone from doctors to law enforcement understands that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing that can be beaten simply by getting ‘tough on crime.’”