Experts estimate that as many as 500,000 Americans could die from opioids over the next 10 years. Nearly all of the heroin and fentanyl hitting our streets is coming from Mexico, across the porous southern border. Mexico is also becoming, in some parts of the country,the main supplier of methamphetamine to the U.S., with overdose death rates increasing as the supply has surged.
We will spend tens of billions of dollars on addiction treatment, overdose responses, law enforcement activities, criminal justice processes and the ancillary costs associated with caring for the children of those who die from overdoses. Regardless of how much we spend, if we cannot substantially reduce or stop the flow of opioids and other death drugs across our southern border (and to a lesser extent through our mail system via China), we will continue to see tens of thousands of Americans die each year due to opioid and meth overdoses, with enormous damage to their families and communities.
When the media and pro-immigration groups talk about opposing the extension of the southern border wall, they focus on the illegal migrant workers who cross the border in search of work and a better life for themselves and their families. No reasonable proponent of extending the border wall believes we should spend over $20 billion in order to keep out a bunch of agricultural, construction and hospitality workers.
Rather, educated proponents of extending the southern border wall know the purpose of a longer wall is focused on three far more important goals: first, make it harder for the Mexican cartels to send death drugs into the heart of America; next, aim to reduce the human trafficking of forced prostitutes from Central and South America; and lastly, stop terrorists from getting into our country with a weapon of mass destruction.