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OPINION

We Must Secure Our Nation’s Border

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The open-border policies of the Biden administration are causing a surge in human trafficking, gang violence, car thefts, and drugs flooding into our streets and schools – right here in New Jersey’s Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. Unfortunately, these disastrous policies are supported by our own Congressman Frank Pallone as well.

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While our families are struggling to make ends meet due to surging prices for groceries and gas, Biden and Pallone have opened our southern border to 2.3 million illegal immigrants, tens of thousands of whom have landed in Middlesex and Monmouth. The most skilled of these immigrants are illegally entering our job market, driving down wages at a time when hardworking families need higher incomes just to make ends meet.

But cheap labor is the least dangerous result of the Pallone-enabled border fiasco. 

Fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, is being trafficked through Biden’s open border and into our streets, schools, and even Halloween candy! According to the DEA, 2 milligrams of Fentanyl is a deadly dose. We have no way of knowing how many deadly doses have been smuggled through the border, but we do know that our courageous border agents have ceased 13,600 pounds of the death drug – 454,000 deadly doses – just in the last year.

Frank Pallone’s solution is more government spending and red tape. Last December during a hearing of the committee he chairs, Pallone bragged about how he has been combating the Fentanyl crisis “for years” and the $3 billion he secured for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He celebrated the fact that fentanyl has been temporarily placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

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Fentanyl is killing more than 100,000 Americans per year – more Americans than have died in all of our recent wars and terrorist attacks combined. We don’t need another billion-dollar bureaucracy designating drugs as deadly. We need to stop the flow of the poison over our border.

In 2019, Pallone sponsored legislation to stop President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at our border. You don’t have to like Trump personally to appreciate his policies. Trump was right on the need to secure our border. Now that President Biden has opened the border with Pallone’s approval, the emergency is a reality in our communities. Drug deaths are up. Violent crime is surging. Gangs and cartels are gaining power and wealth. Innocent children are being trafficked.

While Republicans were fighting to keep our borders secure and our communities safe, Frank Pallone was fighting for the rights of transgender asylum seekers. We need to fix our priorities. 

It is time to stop the insanity.

As a grandmother of 13, there is nothing more important to me than the safety of those children. That’s why I’m running for Congress. 

Securing the border will be my top priority as your representative in Washington.

I will support the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act which would dramatically improve the control of the border and the processing of asylum claims of those seeking to enter our country.

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I will support funding the wall. I will support funding border agents and law enforcement agents rather than bureaucrats and IRS agents who are targeting the middle class and small business owners.

In my career in healthcare and public service, I have seen firsthand the devastation of addiction. The crisis is getting worse and it is reaching our homes and communities.  

We can’t change Washington without changing the people we send to represent us. Frank Pallone has been in Washington for 34 years. He no longer represents our values and interests. 

It is time to stop the insanity and bring normalcy back to this great nation. That’s why I am running for Congress. I humbly ask for your support in this endeavor to represent your interests.

Sue Kiley is the Republican nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th District. She is a former nurse and is the Deputy Director of the Monmouth County, NJ Board of Commissioners.

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