MTG Comes Out Swinging – Unveils Amendment to Require Death Penalty for Anyone Caught

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A bill sponsored by Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene would mandate the execution of anyone found smuggling fentanyl across the southern border with the United States.

On Tuesday, Greene tweeted: “Fentanyl kills 300 Americans every day. It is the top cause of death among Americans under the age of 34. To give the death sentence to offenders who knowingly and purposefully transport fentanyl across our southern border, I proposed an amendment to H.R. 467 today.

In response to the fentanyl problem, some Republican lawmakers have pushed for new legislation that would impose harsher punishments. Greene’s proposal is timed to coincide with their efforts.

Republicans have proposed life terms for individuals found guilty of fentanyl trafficking or the death penalty for those found guilty of selling or distributing the dangerous and lethal opioid as the border problem gets worse.

The Death Penalty for Dealing Fentanyl Act of 2022, presented by Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar in late 2017 would punish people found guilty of selling or distributing fentanyl with either the death penalty or a life sentence in prison.

“Instead of reducing prison sentences for drug offenders, it is long past time that those responsible for manufacturing or knowingly distributing fentanyl pay a heavy price,” Gosar said. “We must get tough on those criminals that are contributing to this drug crisis.”

“One of the many deeply troubling consequences of Joe Biden’s open border policies is the deadly flow of fentanyl across the southern border. Since Biden assumed office in January 2021, more than 1,000,000 pounds of illegal drugs have been seized, including 7,700 pounds of fentanyl in just the first five months of 2022. The overwhelming majority of fentanyl is smuggled across the border from Mexico,” he said at the time.

In his press release, Gosar noted:

More Americans have died in the last 23 years of drug poisoning than in all combat losses combined since 1775:

Total number of U.S. deaths in World War 2: 406,000

Total number of U.S. deaths in the Korean War: 40,000

Total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War: 58,000

Total number of U.S. deaths over 20 years in the War Against Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan, including contractors): 14,000

Total number of U.S. soldiers killed in battle in all conflicts since 1775: 651,000

Total number of drug poisoning deaths in the U.S. since 1999: 932,000

“Instead of reducing prison sentences for drug offenders, it is long past time that those who are responsible for manufacturing or knowingly distributing fentanyl pay a heavy price,” Gosar said.

The border issue that President Joe Biden created for himself became worse last week when American authorities detained an Afghan national who was on the country’s terrorist blacklist.

The Afghan national reportedly crossed the border into the country in Otay Mesa, California, with a group of migrants, according to Fox News’ sources. After performing regular processing upon arrival, including a fingerprint check, Border Patrol officials discovered that the person was a match in the Terrorist Screening Database. The FBI was subsequently notified, informed of the results, and instructed to launch an investigation.

The person who was detained crossed the border one day before Title 42, a COVID-19 emergency measure that allowed border guards to turn away immigrants, expired. Thousands of migrants have descended on the border between the United States and Mexico since the policy’s expiration, according to Fox News.

Biden’s border policies, which he put in place on his first day in office and which Republicans claim led to a two-year record influx of illegal immigration, attract terrorists, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the lawmaker who represents the district where the Afghan national was apprehended.

“Biden’s open borders aren’t just a gateway to five million illegals, record human and child trafficking and the deadliest drug crisis in our history,” Issa said. “Biden’s reckless policy is also an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America. They know they’ll never have to leave.

“The nation knows what’s going on, and this president has only begun to be held accountable for what he has done,” Issa added.

The administration’s plan to swiftly process and release migrants once Title 42 expired was supposed to go into force on Friday, but a federal judge postponed it.


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