Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has called for tighter security at the U.S. border. Kemp, who was talking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, made the call while speaking on the fentanyl crisis in the U.S.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp at World Economic Forum Davos talking about closing the border, the fentanyl crisis & keeping the country open after lockdown pressure from both parties.
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Kemp told the WEF panel that the fentanyl crisis in Georgia has become frustrating to deal with because the U.S. can’t secure its border. Kemp added that President Joe Biden’s lax enforcement of federal immigration law is the reason for Georgia’s fentanyl crisis.
“And I’m hopeful that something gets done. But you know, my advice, take it for what it’s worth while we’re waiting on that, just secure the border.”
Kemp admitted that “literally every governor” in the U.S. is dealing with the fentanyl crisis alongside human trafficking and street gang crisis.
“… those are the issues that we’re trying to tackle at the state level,” Kemp added. “But I believe much could be solved and I think there will be broad bipartisan support for simply in the meantime, while you’re working on these things to secure the dang border.”
The fentanyl crisis has grown worse since Biden took office in 2021. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 107,000 deaths resulting from a drug overdose in 2021 alone, with an estimated 71,000 of them involving fentanyl.
According to a New York Post report, 11 police officers from New Jersey were treated for fentanyl exposure while executing a search warrant. Authorities found 1,000 fentanyl bags at the home before HAZMAT teams were called to the scene.
Sam Quinones, a journalist, noted in a report that fentanyl is not only causing death, but it is also the cause of homelessness in blue-state cities. Quinones concluded that fentanyl, alongside meth, has become so addictive that users would rather live in the open as long as they can get them.
Border experts have placed the blame on Biden for his mismanagement of the border. The Biden administration’s move to end Title 42 — a Trump-era policy — could worsen the crisis.