Matt Dolan is a state senator from Chagrin Falls and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
Three years ago, I voted to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorists. I took this action because it was clear that the China-sourced fentanyl they were pushing across our southern border was a weapon of mass destruction. The border crisis has only gotten worse.
That’s why I recently traveled with Ohio law enforcement to one of the busiest areas of our southern border for illegal alien apprehension, human smuggling, and narcotic seizures. We saw first-hand how the border is open and Ohio is suffering because of it.
Over the span of two days, we saw cartel spotters outnumber Border Patrol Agents. We witnessed illegal immigrants brazenly attempt to scale a border wall in broad daylight. We joined Arizona law enforcement in the pursuit and successful apprehension of foreign nationals, and human smugglers and drug mules on U.S. soil.
We didn’t visit Tucson Sector to prove what we already knew, rather we learned from those facing this crisis every day and discussed what they need to stop the ongoing invasion of illegals and drugs.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that halted the construction of the border wall and turned off technology meant to stop illegal border crossings. It was a tragedy to see miles of 3-story, concrete reinforced fencing sitting idle along a border road. It’s no wonder the border control agents are down 50%.
Despite the current challenges, there is a clear path to a secure border. It just takes will and leadership.
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