Idaho sheriff slams ‘idiotic’ Biden administration for reaching ‘crisis stage’ at the border as Mexican cartels bring his county to ‘brink of collapse’ due to surge in overdose deaths
- Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ Wednesday to discuss the ‘crisis level’ of drug overdoses in his county
- He called DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘idiotic’ for claiming the border is secure
- The Idaho sheriff also said the Biden administration is ‘hiding from the truth’ about what’s going on at the border
- Donahue explained there have been numerous hospitalizations of deputies just from being in contact with the potent drug- fentanyl
- On the show, Donahue recalled how cartels attempted to kidnap his then 16-year-old daughter during his time on an FBI gang task force
An Idaho sheriff slammed the Biden administration for claiming that the southern border is secure as he claimed that his county is ‘on the brink of collapse’ due to surge of drug overdoses as a result of Mexican cartels crossing into the US.
Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue appeared on ‘Fox & Friends First’ on Wednesday to discuss the ‘crisis level’ of drug overdoses in his county.
His remarks come a week after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke at the Aspen Security Forum and made claims that the southern border is secure – even as Border Patrol agents are facing historic migrant numbers.
‘This is absolutely ridiculous to think this border is secure, that we’re safe in our communities. We are not,’ Sheriff Donahue said in response. ‘We are on the cusp of complete collapse.’
Donahue added that the Secretary an ‘idiot’ if he believes that the border is secure.
Donahue explained that his county – which is 2,000 miles from the southern border – is experiencing a ‘crisis level’ of drug overdoses, mainly fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue appeared on ‘Fox & Friends First’ on Wednesday to discuss the ‘crisis level’ of drug overdoses in his county
Donahue explained that his county – which is 2,000 miles from the southern border – is experiencing a ‘crisis level’ of drug overdoses, mainly fentanyl and methamphetamine
‘We’re at a crisis stage, quite frankly,’ he told ‘Fox & Friends First’ host Carley Shimkus. ‘We have never seen the numbers of seizures and the amounts of any drug, including methamphetamine, like we’re seeing in fentanyl. And of course, we’re still dealing with the methamphetamine crisis we’ve been in for years.’
There have been numerous hospitalizations of deputies in the county just from coming in contact with potent drug.
Donahue, who spent six years on an FBI gang task force before becoming sheriff, explained that these cartels exist in all communities across the United States.
‘There is not a day or night goes by that we’re not dealing with someone associated with the Mexican cartels, at least in our community and communities throughout the state of Idaho,’ he said, as he agreed with the host that they are ‘at war with the cartels.’
‘We’re at a crisis stage, quite frankly,’ he told ‘Fox & Friends First’ Carley Shimkus this week
Donahue’s remarks come just a week after Mayorkas declared the southern border as ‘secure’
Donahue, who spent six years on an FBI gang task force before becoming sheriff, explained that these cartels exist in all communities across the United States
Donahue also described how the cartels attempted to kidnap his then 16-year-old daughter during his time on the task force, but added that the plot was not carried out.
‘My family’s been threatened by these gangs, by the cartel membership,’ he said. ‘They tried to kidnap my daughter years ago. She was 16 years old. Thankfully, that case got unraveled before it actually happened.’
When asked about the remarks made by Mayorkas at the Aspen Security Forum last week that the border is secure, Donahue said that ‘if he believes that, he’s an idiot in my opinion.’
Figures for June show that CBP encountered 239,416 migrants last month alone. It means that in the last three months there have been 200,000 crossings each month
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that the southern border is ‘secure’ but made sure to clarify that does not mean it is ‘safe’
Mayorkas acknowledged that the situation is a ‘historic challenge,’ but claimed the border is secure.
‘Look, the border is secure,’ he said. ‘We are working to make the border more secure. That has been a historic challenge.’
He clarified that ‘safe and secure are two different words,’ adding there is still work to be done.
But insistence that the border is secure comes amid a prevailing rise in crossings as well as complaints from New York City and Washington, D.C. that the crisis is finally hitting home after Arizona and Texas starting busing migrants to the city hubs to deal with them.
Crossings are at an all-time high at this point in the year with nearly 1.75 million crossings in Fiscal Year 2022 with the release of June figures last week – and there are still three more months left to go before a total roundup for the year is counted.
The last quarter’s figures show that 200,000 migrants passed through the southern border every month for the last three months.
A child asylum-seeker pours water on his head to cool down after waiting on the U.S. side of the southern border wall to be transported to a processing center by CBP
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stressed that a lot of work remains in making sure the southern border, which has seen a massive uptick in migrants, is safe
At least 4,000 migrants have arrived in D.C. Texas started busing migrants there in April and Arizona followed their neighboring state’s lead in May. Another 3,000 have arrived in NYC in recent weeks.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released numbers last week for June showing that there were 207,416 encounters with migrants last month alone compared to the 189,034 in June of last year.
The last year of Trump’s presidency, there were 33,049 encounters in June 2020.
With the latest June figures, Fiscal Year 2022 has now seen 1,746,119 total encounters at the southern border, which already outpaces the previous year when 1,734,686 migrants were encountered by CBP.