The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel began last night at sundown.
President Trump signed a measure into law to give border patrol agents better tools to detect and stop the smuggling of highly deadly fentanyl into the U.S.
In a somber bipartisan event at the White House, the president signed the Interdict Act, which provides border and customs agents with $9 million for additional portable chemical screening devices to check packages, mail and travelers.
The president called it a “significant step forward” in battling the opioid crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans annually. “They’re using our postal system and they’re killing our people,” he said of smugglers. He stressed that “we need customs and border protection.”
China is the largest source of fentanyl smuggling, but the drug is often shipped first to Mexico or Canada where it then crosses the border into the U.S. It’s often shipped by mail or other couriers—and even ordered online—and it can be difficult to detect in small amounts.
That the additional funds for customs and border patrol agents will aid in curtailing drug smuggling.
About the scourge of the opioid crisis upon America.