President Biden’s inability to secure the southern border will result in the deaths of American children as drug cartels take advantage of the country’s vulnerability, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
“We have these porous borders. Those [drug] the cartels find out… not only how to get into Texas, California and Arizona, but across the country and network. Our local law enforcement… is under tremendous pressure from drugs, ”Pompeo told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show in an interview that aired Sunday.
“Children all over America are going to die because of this administration’s failure to secure this border,” he added.
Pompeo’s comments come just days after the Drug Enforcement Agency last week issued a public safety warning about an “alarming increase” in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl found in the United States.
The DEA said the majority of fake pills are made in Mexico from chemicals supplied by China and then smuggled into the United States.
He said more than 9.5 million fake pills had already been seized this year, double the amount confiscated in the past two years.
“DEA laboratory tests reveal a dramatic increase in the number of counterfeit pills containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl, which is considered a lethal dose,” the DEA said in the alert.
The federal agency also announced last week that 1.8 million fake pills containing fentanyl were seized during a two-month investigation that led to 810 arrests.
The pills containing the deadly synthetic opioid had the potential to kill more than 700,000 people, DEA administrator Anne Milgram said.
The DEA also seized more than 1,500 pounds of fentanyl powder, enough to make tens of millions of additional pills.
The Biden administration has struggled to contain the surge of illegal immigrants on the southern border after reversing or ending many of the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump.
Last month, thousands of Haitian refugees crossed the border with the United States and settled in a makeshift camp near Del Rio, Texas.
While many have been deported to Haiti or returned voluntarily to Mexico, around 12,400 migrants have been released in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.