Commentary: Top cause of death for young Americans arrives courtesy of China, weak borders

In 2021, more than 71,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdoses, a 22% increase from the prior year.

A section of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Shutterstock)

We cover many important issues in this space, hence fentanyl continuing to ravage America should not be ignored, especially when it involves partisan politics, border security and global affairs.

In 2021, more than 71,000 Americans died from fentanyl overdoses, a 22% increase from the prior year.

While individuals are ultimately responsible for their actions, China is heavily responsible for the untimely deaths of thousands of younger Americans.

While heart disease and cancer claim older lives, the leading cause of death for Americans under 45 are drug overdoses, topping homicide, suicide, and traffic accidents.

And sadly, it’s getting worse.

A study from a respected medical journal predicts overdoses could eventually rise to more than 1 million annually.

According to the DEA, China is “the main source for all fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States.”

The Chinese send the deadly drug directly to the U.S. via our postal system, where it is usually mixed and sold with heroin. China frequently sends fentanyl to Mexico to be trafficked across the border by cartels, with whom they also launder money to profit from drug-related deaths. Seizures of fentanyl at the southern border jumped over 200% in July alone.

The Biden Administration’s failure to secure our southern border undeniably contributes to fentanyl deaths here. When nearly 5 million people can enter the country illegally in 19 months, drugs also can, and that includes the northern border, where some enter via Canada.

The Chinese government knows this weakens a wealthy superpower, and the rogue Communist regime benefits when American adults in their prime years of productivity are addicted and become victims of Chinese drug dealing.

Then there’s higher education.

At last count, there are more than 300,000 Chinese exchange students in American universities. Universities love them because most pay full tuition. It’s always money over morals for Big Academia. Much like Islamic jihadists who can and have infiltrated the U.S. via colleges, why do we allow Chinese students access to our education programs, when they take that knowledge back to a place where their government is killing our citizens?

Chinese companies also access our financial systems, and of course, exert massive influence over left-leaning sports leagues, Big Tech, and Hollywood.

Do these plutocratic companies care that China is killing its own citizens and us?

Under the Biden administration, the outlook to remedy these tragedies is bleak. Beholden to a far left open borders cabal, Team Biden proves each day it inexplicably does not care about border security. Even in the depths of summer, border crossings continue to break records.

In the 47-county Del Rio Sector alone, there have been more than 400,000 illegal crossings since fiscal year 2022 began last October; that’s double the number from the same period a year before.

Meanwhile, insular media allies downplay fentanyl because it exposes the failings of Democrats.

Left-leaning Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump recently wrote a disingenuous, Republican-bashing analysis, where he called fentanyl a “useful political cudgel” whose “dangers have been exaggerated.”

Again, for elites like Bump, sitting in the comforts of Washington or New York City, everything serious is “exaggerated,” as they focus on lesser issues.

But Bump and embattled DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should at least acknowledge that only 2 milligrams of fentanyl is a fatal dose to adults. And it’s no exaggeration to families who are burying loved ones, often due to Chinese malevolence.

 

A.J. Kaufman

A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.