Terry Jeffrey

-- Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) were the main wholesale suppliers. "Law enforcement reporting and case initiation data show that Mexican DTOs control most of the wholesale cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine distribution in the United States, as well as much of the marijuana distribution."

-- A massive network of street gangs distributed the drugs smuggled from Mexico in communities all across America. "In 2009, midlevel and retail drug distribution in the United States was dominated by more than 900,000 criminally active gang members representing approximately 20,000 street gangs in more than 2,500 cities."

-- Because our government did not secure our border, Mexican smugglers enjoyed a booming business last year. "Mexican DTOs increased the flow of several drugs (heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana) into the United States, primarily because they increased production of those drugs in Mexico."

-- Consumers of these smugglers' products clogged our health care system. "In 2007, there were approximately 1.8 million admissions to state-licensed treatment facilities for illicit drug dependence or abuse."

-- Emergency rooms were flooded with drug abusers. "In 2006, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reported that of 113 million hospital ED visits -- 1,743,887 (1.5 percent) -- were related to drug misuse or abuse."

Deputy Puroll was hardly the only U.S. law enforcement officer attacked by smugglers on U.S. territory. "Assaults against U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents increased 46 percent from 752 incidents in FY 2006 to 1,097 incidents in FY 2008," said the National Drug Threat Assessment. In other words, three Border Patrol agents were assaulted on the average day.

President Obama has largely left it to the Pinal County Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies in Arizona and other border states to do what little they can to protect the rest of America from the drugs and smugglers flowing in from Mexico.

It is no excuse for the administration's defenders to say President Bush did it, too. Of course he did. And it was a disgrace and dereliction for him, too.

Our Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution to create a federal government that would primarily carry out functions state governments could not. Paramount among them: 1) defending the country against foreign enemies, 2) regulating commerce with foreign nations, 3) regulating commerce among the states and 4) regulating immigration.

Today we have illegal immigrants hauling massive quantities of illegal drugs across our international border, engaging in firefights with U.S. law enforcement officers on our sovereign territory, and distributing their deadly contraband and destroying the lives of American teenagers in communities in every state of the union.

President Obama and Congress are failing in their most fundamental duties.

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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