House Oversight Committee Hearing on Drug Control Policy : CSPAN3 : April 11, 2019 1:59pm-5:40pm EDT
. and mr. higgins disagreed with that, but let's assume for a second that miss wasserman schultz is right. does it surprise you that drugs are captured where there's actually law enforcement personnel? >> no, sir. no surprise at all. >> that's common sense. wow, we are actually capturing drugs where there are law enforcement personnel at the ports of entry. but we're also capturing some where there aren't ports of entry. and my guess is, call me just some common sense guy from western ohio, my guess is a lot of drugs are moving across the border where there aren't any good guys to stop them, right? >> that's correct. >> yeah. and hence the reason we need a barrier -- hence the reason we need some kind of border security wall to help with that situation, to deal with this crisis that's all over our country as the director points out. would you agree with that, mr. mcdaniel? >> i would agree with that. >> that's just good common sense. so this argument that, oh, most of the drugs seized are at ports of entry, well, for goodness sakes, that's where we have law enforcement right there.
House Oversight Committee Hearing on Drug Control Policy : CSPAN3 : April 18, 2019 9:07am-12:49pm EDT
-schultz. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. carroll, on february 19, president trump declared a national emergency to fund his border wall. which he has said will quote stop drugs from coming into our country. but the administration's own statistics show that crossings and apprehensions are at historic lows. mr. mcdaniel just indicated in response to mr. cloud's questions, that drugs are being funneled when they aren't coming over, coming in at our lawful ports of entry, in tunnels. underneath walls. where we do have them along the border. in my home state of florida, over a,000 people have died from a drug overdose in just one year. and the numbers are growing. let me be clear. a border wall would not stop illegal drugs from coming into florida. florida is a peninsula. the vast majority of illegal drugs are coming into our country through our ports of entry. despite president trump's promise to do whatever it takes to combat the opioid crisis, his national emergency declaration would take $600 million from the treasury department's drug forfeiture fund, and $2.5 billion from the departm
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