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Border Security Bill Aims to Curtail Drug Smuggling at Ports of Entry

Do you support more screening for drug smuggling at ports of entry?

by Countable | Updated on 2.15.19

The border security funding package signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday will provide Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with more technology to stop the smuggling of illegal drugs through ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Most of the drugs smuggled into the U.S. pass through a legal port of entry and shipments of heroin and other opioids (such as fentanyl) are particularly problematic. For example, in January 2019, CBP captured a record 254 pound shipment of fentanyl that was in a hidden compartment of a tractor trailer entering the U.S. from Mexico at a port of entry in Arizona.

The border security funding package provides $564 million to install more non-intrusive imaging equipment in the inbound lanes of southwest border land ports of entry, thus allowing CBP to significantly increase the percentage of cars and commercial cargo scanned

Why does it matter?

According to figures from our partners at USAFacts, a non-partisan civic data initiative, drug overdose deaths have been rapidly rising in recent years.

Fentanyl caused the most overdose deaths ― 28,466 ― of any drug, opioid or non-opioid, in 2017.

— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr / Public Domain)

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  • Loretta
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    02/16/2019
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    Looks like this would be the best way to deal with the problem.NOT A WALL

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  • Daniel
    02/16/2019
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    How about getting the idiot in the White House under control then getting on with business the correct way?

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
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    02/16/2019
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    The War on drugs is another epic failure. What will Republicans do if they can’t get their cocaine, so they can work harder and faster, so they can make more money, so they can buy more women, so they can get more cocaine, so they can work harder.... Root Cause... go after the users.... Republicans. They also are the reason for illegal immigrants, because they hire the illegals so as to not pay as much as competition, so they have more money to buy more cocaine..... Root Cause.....

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  • burrkitty
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    02/16/2019
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    Since that is far and away where the EVIDENCE and DATA say the majority of imported illegal drugs come in, YES! EVIDENCE BASED POLICIES.

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  • AmyElisabeth
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    02/16/2019
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    These tactics haven’t worked. Maybe use that money for the users.

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  • M
    02/16/2019
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    Yes! This is a proven border strategy that works. Support this, not a useless ineffective vanity project like the "wall".

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  • Kari
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    02/16/2019
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    I support literally anything that doesn’t include ancient technology like a stupid wall, or inhumane tactics, like the private prisons currently mistreating the people we’ve already detained. Everyone complains about Mexicans on welfare, and the SAME people are totally fine with funneling MILLIONS into abusing these people. we won’t use our taxes for it unless someone pays with their life. 🙄

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  • J. scott
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    02/16/2019
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    Sounds good but I’m thinking about where do all these drugs go? Who is taking them? Wonder what’s to be done about this huge unimaginable demand for drugs. Seems to me the war against drugs has gone on for years while demand seems only to increase. Just a thought.

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  • Deepstate
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    02/16/2019
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    trump does not live in reality!! His gross lies in the rose garden about border security proves he is unfit to occupy the white house!

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  • James
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    02/16/2019
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    Trump will take that meager bill but yet we have a national emergency along our southern border!. The President wanted a mere 5.7 Billion which is a drop in the bucket and Dems day no! Anyway he now winds up with almost 8 Bill! Like Hillary said “ Hey What Happened”. Hey Moe! Hey Larry! What Happened? Eeeeeeehhhh! Ooooooohhh ! Slap bag Konk! That’s your Dems Now! Owie!!!

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  • DrCindyBean
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    02/16/2019
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    Yes. Most drugs are coming in through ports of entry. More screening at ports of entry is appropriate.

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  • James
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    02/16/2019
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    We have millions of containers coming into every major port! Sure! Each one has a manifest that tells authorities what’s in it but only some actually get X-Rayed or actually opened and inspected! and millions of containers from not only Communist China but from all around the world! I’m saying that each container must be scrutinized o don’t care what the barcode scan says! That’s what they do! Seriously! Scan a barcode on the container and then they look up the manifest on a computer! Ok? You don’t know who actually loaded that container at a foreign port and what they actually put in it OR in fact was the inspector that locked and sealed it was paying attention The their duties or payed off by some local mob figure or what! I stood at Los Angeles Harbor back in 2015 and took pictures of a very huge container ship and every thing said “New China Shipping”! We thought, Well its all crap heading to Walmart! Does anyone really know? All there is on every container is a damned barcode! And they want to automate all the ports? BS!

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  • Marian
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    02/16/2019
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    Most illegal drugs come through ports of entry apparently as I understand according to stats. How could we have records of drug smuggling elsewhere is a question but apparently is not most of the time so seems logical to apply increase security at ports of entry. I support increase in numbers and training security people and security systems at the ports of entry. Boarder Patrol sensitivity training and oversight . Special scrutiny of civil rights at detention areas. No militarization!!

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  • David
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    02/16/2019
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    This is going to be interesting. Additional funding has been allocated for drug enforcement at the border/ports of entry, and the drug interdiction funds Trump plans on tapping to fund his border wall are also intended for drug enforcement. Net gain, even trade, or net loss? why remove funds from efforts to combat drug smuggling when that’s what the wall is reputedly intended to address? Perhaps it’s more about Trump companies profiting from building the wall and not the smuggling.

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  • Robert
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    02/16/2019
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    At least there, drug trafficking isn’t “TRUMPED UP”😁

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  • Aldo
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    02/16/2019
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    Good job!

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  • FieryFierce
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    02/18/2019
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    Border security involves more than just a wall. We need more solid border security at ports of entry which means more advanced security technology. It can be done. If can track Americans electronically, you can certainly do it at the border and ports of entry. Catch me, this is not the most appropriate and effective way to secure Americans with just a wall..

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  • KansasTamale
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    02/16/2019
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    I really don’t think this bill will make one bit of difference because the problem is not with drugs coming in its with people who use drugs. Why are they using drugs?? There is no mental heath system in this country since Reagan got rid of mental health Clinics & hospitals. The economy ha a lot to do with it also because people are having to work 2 or 3 jobs and still can’t make enough money to cover all the necessities. No wonder people turn to alcohol & drugs to forget their meager existence and the republicans in the federal government want to take what little the government does to help its citizens away.

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  • Dave
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    02/16/2019
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    The port of entry has alway been the problem!

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  • Dave
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    02/17/2019
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    The port of entry has always been the problem, no one going to carry 200 lb of drugs on their back across the Desert! The only thing they are going to carry is water.

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