Texas Governor: Fentanyl caught at border up nearly 800% – ‘Enough to kill every single person in… New York’

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TEXAS – During a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends”, Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed that there has been nearly an “800% increase April over April,” with respect to the amount of fentanyl that has been caught at the southern border by authorities.

To illustrate the severity of the amount of fentanyl apprehended along the southern border, the Texas governor stated that there has been enough fentanyl seized by authorities “to kill every single person in the state of New York.”

During the May 14th broadcast of “Fox & Friends”, Governor Abbott first levied criticism toward DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Biden administration for either being woefully inept regarding the crisis at the southern border – or they are simply gaslighting Americans into believing things aren’t that big of a deal:

“I don’t know if Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration either don’t have a clue what’s going on or they are purposefully misleading their fellow Americans because here are the numbers.”

“On the national level with regard to the Border Patrol, they apprehended last month—in the month of April, more than 170,000 people. That is a tenfold increase over the prior April where they apprehended about 17,000 people.”

Governor Abbott then shifted focus from the issues pertaining to unlawful entries into the country to that of another matter transpiring in tandem, which is the fentanyl that authorities have encountered and seized at the border as well:

“But I gotta tell you there’s a new dynamic about what’s going on at the border that Americans need to know about and that is increased apprehension of fentanyl coming across the border. Yes, there may be people coming across but there are dangerous drugs coming across the border.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, fentanyl is one of the most potent synthetic opioids, which also has given the drug the reputation of becoming one of the most associated with overdose deaths:

“Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally.”

“Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In 2017, 59.8 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.”

According to Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety have intercepted enough fentanyl along the southern border to kill every single person in New York by way of an overdose:

“We had almost an 800% increase April over April of the amount of fentanyl that has been apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety. We have obtained enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York.”

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Activity revolving around illegal immigration along the southern border in Texas has been so prevalent that a rancher in Texas being interviewed back in late April had his interview interrupted by Border Patrol pursuing a group near his property. 

Here’s that previous report regarding the on-air interruption. 

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TEXAS – A rancher based in South Texas being interviewed, who was making a guest appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” to discuss issues that he has seen firsthand regarding illegal immigration at the southern border, was interrupted by the Border Patrol literally chasing down a group suspected of entry without inspection.

Some may call it irony while others could perceive it as being emblematic of how prevalent the issues are along the southern border, but Texas rancher John Sewell’s interview about immigration issues was interrupted by Border Patrol agents tracking down a group of migrants.

During the April 29th broadcast of “America’s Newsroom,” Sewell was explaining the issues to show host Dana Perino that he, and many others along the border, have been dealing with regarding the border crisis:

“The basic thing we got from this yesterday, unfortunately, we’re not going to get a lot of support from the CBP. They basically said their hands are tied and the best thing for us is to work with our state reps, our Congress, so on, and so our local officials are all doing as much as they can.

“So, you know, it’s very unfortunate that we don’t have support from our local army, from our CBP.”

The frame from the broadcast cut back to Perino, where the show host was beginning to quote Senator Mark Kelly and then frame the next question. But while this was ongoing, audio that was coming from Sewell’s end of the interview betrayed the noise of some sort of commotion that sounded like dogs barking.

After Perino has wrapped up her question, Sewell explained that she was going to have to ask that question again because he had been distracted by Border Patrol agents chasing down a group nearby the area he was in:

“Dana, I’m sorry, I had a group of guys coming through looking for some immigrants, you’re going to have to put it back at me again … we’re not getting the support as the U.S. This is not panning out good for us.

“We’re under siege here. And when I say that, I’ve already got three this morning before breakfast.”

Perino, whose interest was obviously piqued by Sewell mentioning that he had already encountered migrants that morning, asked what he typically does when he encounters these groups.

He responded with the obvious, saying that the first thing he does is call the Border Patrol:

“I obviously call the Border Patrol. That’s our first line of defense. And that’s another thing. You know, we’re nervous as to what we can get away with and what we can’t get away with. You know, these people – it seems like they have more rights than we do.”

Sewell continued from there, venting frustrations associated with how the biting administration is approaching the issues impacting the southern border.

But Sewell also added that while residents, such as he, are dealing with the issues associated with migrants crossing through their properties, locals along the border are not the ones that are going to reap the long term caveats associated with illegal immigration:

“It’s very unfortunate that we’re having to battle this and the CBP is telling us that all they do is enforce policy. Well, if the policy from the administration is catch and release, let’s say, because that’s all we’re doing, we’re taking them back to the border, testing some, maybe all.

“I don’t know the true answer to that and turning them loose in the U.S., we’re not turning them back and I said before, these people are coming to you guys. They’re not staying here with us.”

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