MISSION, Texas — A group of Republican governors visiting the Rio Grande Vally border with Mexico said the border crisis is also a drug crisis. The governors said the explosion of fentanyl and methamphetamine pouring across the unsecured border is killing young people all across the nation.
“The amount of fentanyl apprehended just by the Texas Department of Public Safety just this year is more than enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the states of Texas, California, and New York,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters during a news conference near Mission, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon. The governor said Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Colonel Steve McCraw, briefed the group of nine visiting governors on the flow of drugs across the border, into Texas, and then on to states across the nation.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said, “In Ohio, at least 80 percent of our overdose deaths every week are caused by fentanyl. It is getting mixed into everything. I get calls, I get letters from family members who have lost someone.”
“So this crisis at the southern border is a humanitarian crisis,” DeWine added. “It is also a drug crisis. It’s a fentanyl crisis.”
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said, “With interstate 35 and interstate 80 we’re a direct route for drugs to pipe through to Des Moines, Council Bluffs, and then out through the United States.”
The Iowa governor said her state has experienced a tremendous in both methamphetamine and fentanyl. She said it is up 1000 percent from the same period last year.
“That’s killing our young people,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “The other thing that we’re also experiencing is the purity of the fentanyl. We are seeing it like every other state, across this country, and it’s taxing not only Iowans but our law enforcement as well.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts added, “Talking to the colonel of my State Patrol, methamphetamine, in the Midwest, is up four times what it was last year. We’ve seen that our State Patrol has confiscated more than about two and a half times the amount