“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
In a clash that may give voters a preview of the 2024 presidential election, a leading Republican took aim at President Joe Biden this week, saying the administration’s open borders immigration policy makes him a de facto employee of the drug cartels.
“Biden should be given an honorary membership in the Mexican drug cartels, because nobody has done more to help the cartels than Biden with his open border policies,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday.
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DeSantis said Biden “is violating his own oath of office by allowing massive numbers of people to come across the border illegally.”
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The outspoken conservative — whom, as The Horn News has noted, would be a leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination if President Donald Trump chooses not to run — singled out Biden’s controversial efforts to end Trump-era immigration and public safety measures.
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Biden ended the building of President Trump’s border wall, reversed the “Remain in Mexico” policy, and announced plans to end Title 42—a public health policy that lets Border Patrol agents remove illegal aliens from the country to halt the spread of diseases such as COVID-19.
DeSantis said ending the policy would create “a disaster” on the southern border.
Experts say as many as 18,000 illegals a day could enter the United States if Biden follows through with his decision to rescind the policy… and many of those people will work for Mexican drug cartels, which have flourished under the 46th president.
The amount of deadly fentanyl seixed by federal agent at the border has surged by an amazing 1,066 percent in fiscal year 2021, according to statistics from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“Border communities are just getting killed down in southern Texas with everything coming in,” said DeSantis on Wednesday.
He’s right: On Thursday, three people in Laredo, Texas, pleaded guilty to trying to help the Mexican drug dealers known as Cartel del Noreste get their hands on machine guns. The cartel planned to smuggle the high-powered weapons back to Mexico, where they “planned to use them in fights against rival cartels to further their drug smuggling activities,” according to a local media report. The trio could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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But it’s not just Texas, which has the longest continuous border with Mexico along the Rio Grande. Mexican cartels have invaded every state in the country.
In Georgia, DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy “said there are five Mexican drug cartels operating in metro Atlanta right now,” according to a local TV station.
The DEA shut down two cartels in Atlanta… but it’s hardly a drop in a bucket.
Just north of Atlanta, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office arrested 34 people for trafficking drugs on behalf of Mexican cartels on Wednesday. Officials say they peddled a variety of hard narcotics out of a Mexican restaurant in Greenville named “Los Primos.”
In one investigation, which took place in those two states alone, police seized 424 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as other drugs, pills, and illicit cash.
On the other side of the country, the cartels have literally dug in to keep plying their vices. Law enforcement officials found a long tunnel running under the U.S. border in California. “The secret passage had reinforced walls and ran for about a third of a mile from Tijuana to a warehouse at an industrial site in San Diego, California,” according to the Times of London. “Authorities said it was unclear how long the route had been in operation and how many drugs, if any, passed through undetected. They seized 799 kg of cocaine, 75 kg of meth and 1.6 kg of heroin.”
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From broken borders and deadly overdoses, to skyrocketing inflation and shortages of baby formula, everyone in America is suffering the consequences of poor Democratic policy choices—well, almost everyone.
As DeSantis said on February 7, America has ushered in “the golden age for the cartels since Biden became president.”
Biden will have a hard time turning that record into a winning campaign in 2024 and it’s clear Ron DeSantis is ready to take the fight to the administration.
That is, if he gets the chance.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”