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Cato Institute sets Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene straight on who's bringing fentanyl across the border

Don’t fret: The Biden administration is on top of the fentanyl crisis. Asked about “rainbow” fentanyl being found in 18 states, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the White House was observing “Overdose Awareness Day.”


Maybe securing the border isn’t the fix. A reporter tried to set Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene straight by telling her that most fentanyl coming across the border from Mexico is carried by U.S. citizens, not immigrants. When challenged, the reporter said his source was the Cato Institute.

The Cato Institute got word that they weren’t being taken seriously and replied:


Cato’s David J. Bier and Jeffrey A. Singer write:

Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for 88 percent of opioid overdose deaths in the United States, is showing up in campaign ads across the country. The message is simple: Fentanyl would disappear if illegal immigration disappeared.

This is wrong. If anything, border crackdowns have exacerbated the crisis.

Much of this narrative places blame on President Biden for less restrictive immigration policies, which have supposedly caused the highly potent fentanyl to “pour across our border.” But this misunderstands the obvious reality about the drug: Because it is so potent, a large supply can be easily concealed. That makes it easy to enter the country through legal border crossings.

But what about all of the fentanyl smugglers who aren’t caught? We obviously don’t have the numbers there.




How can you possibly know that 90 percent of fentanyl was seized at legal entry points when you don’t know how much got through that wasn’t seized? Ninety percent of what? Of what we know was seized.


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