To stop drugs, Republicans look to border

By Ashley Bunton -

Republicans in Ohio this week called for stricter border security and new legislation for controlling the drug epidemic.

At a rally in Wilmington Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said, “I want every child to be part of the American dream.”

Trump’s visit came a day after he held a surprise meeting with Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto.

“We have got to stop the drugs from coming into the country and poisoning our children,” said Trump.

Trump told the crowd not to worry, and said, “We are going to build that wall.”

He also said Mexico will pay for that wall. The crowd cheered.

In Cincinnati Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Ohio, announced he is returning to the Senate floor next week to introduce new legislation to fight the heroin/opioid epidemic.

Portman said he wants to crack down on the influx of synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanyl that are being shipped into the United States by requiring more information from international shipments than what is currently required.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, fentanyl and carfentanyl are manufactured in China and India, then sent to Mexico, where it’s cheaper to get the drugs into the United States.

Portman made the announcement during a visit to the firehouse where he met the first responders who treated many of the 174 overdoses that happened in a 48-hour time-period last week in Cincinnati.

“It’s coming in through U.S. mail because people know they do not have to say where it’s from, where it is going and what the contents are. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have to require that, and if we do, we’re going to cut back on some of this stuff coming into our communities,” Portman told reporters with Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV.

In Dayton Monday, Congressman Mike Turner said, “We need to close the border, we need to track down the drug traffickers, both in their processing, their finances, and also in our community.”

By Ashley Bunton

Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

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