Lummis Reintroduces Legislation to Stop Fentanyl Trafficking into the U.S.

April 19, 2023

News – Sheridan Media

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) joined Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee (R-TN) and their Republican colleagues in reintroducing the Stop Fentanyl Border Crossings Act, legislation to add drug smuggling as an additional basis for Title 42 immigration enforcement authority. The bill would preserve the authority for Border Patrol agents to quickly remove those crossing the border illegally in an effort to help stop the drug trafficking problem that is fueling the overdose epidemic in the United States.

Senator Lummis said the situation at our border is a crisis, and the massive amount of fentanyl flowing across our border has turned it into a health crisis. Lummis added that Title 42 was created to help prevent the spread of disease, and we are experiencing an epidemic of deaths here in Wyoming and across the country due to this incredibly deadly drug. In 2021, Wyoming recorded 106 fentanyl-related deaths. Due to large increases in fentanyl-related seizures, the Wyoming Highway Patrol is increasing its resources to combat fentanyl trafficking with 10 canine teams trained to detect the drug. Nationwide fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45.

Last modified: April 19, 2023

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