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house Bill H.R. 3722

Should Homeland Security Establish a Joint Task Force to Stop Opioid Smuggling?

Argument in favor

Fentanyl- and synthetic opioid-related deaths are on the rise in certain regions of the U.S. It’s important to keep these drugs entry out of the country by detecting and intercepting them at points of entry.

jimK's Opinion
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09/27/2019
Yes. It is certainly a good and proper goal to keep these hazardous drugs out of circulation. I am a little concerned regarding why legislation is even needed to do this. It seems that Congress often wants to legislate every little nit of how agencies should operate. I thought that interagency cooperation is a part of these agencies charters, so I find it hard to see why this and frankly, a lot of other bills are at all necessary. Oh for the good old days, before word processors, when legislation was short, clearly and carefully worded and kept at a high enough level that agencies could simply be notified by oversight committees of issues that Congress felt they should address. Are there way too many lawyers in government needing to specify all the nitty gritty details of what is good and proper, instead of relying simply upon what actually is good and proper?
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/27/2019
By All Means .... Yes The Bill Needs Passing Fentanyl- and synthetic opioid-related deaths are on the rise in certain regions of the U.S. It’s important to keep these drugs entry out of the country by detecting and intercepting them at points of entry. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.27.19.....
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Robert's Opinion
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09/27/2019
Why has the flow of drugs not stopped? We have had a war on drugs for decades. Our politicians have year in and year out said we have to do something. What have been the results of the war?
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Argument opposed

As the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is already carrying out efforts similar to the ones prescribed in this bill, there's no need for this legislation.

Marinus's Opinion
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09/27/2019
We don’t need more bureaucracy. Spend the money on education and rehab instead
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Susan's Opinion
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09/27/2019
This so called war has been fought for decades. Why add to the bureaucracy! We need to rethink this problem.
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Cheryl 's Opinion
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09/27/2019
Really, another task force. If there is extra money lying around use it for education and recovery for addiction. We do not need another layer of bureaucracy slowing down everything. Use the money to help addicts come out the other side alive.
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    Yes. It is certainly a good and proper goal to keep these hazardous drugs out of circulation. I am a little concerned regarding why legislation is even needed to do this. It seems that Congress often wants to legislate every little nit of how agencies should operate. I thought that interagency cooperation is a part of these agencies charters, so I find it hard to see why this and frankly, a lot of other bills are at all necessary. Oh for the good old days, before word processors, when legislation was short, clearly and carefully worded and kept at a high enough level that agencies could simply be notified by oversight committees of issues that Congress felt they should address. Are there way too many lawyers in government needing to specify all the nitty gritty details of what is good and proper, instead of relying simply upon what actually is good and proper?
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    We don’t need more bureaucracy. Spend the money on education and rehab instead
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    This so called war has been fought for decades. Why add to the bureaucracy! We need to rethink this problem.
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    Really, another task force. If there is extra money lying around use it for education and recovery for addiction. We do not need another layer of bureaucracy slowing down everything. Use the money to help addicts come out the other side alive.
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    Don’t they already? What the f is going on in this country? Was this not common sense? Have we fallen so low we cannot remember the laws we used to have? Did they all suddenly disappear? Under this Pig each day is a new revelation of crimes, ignorance, stupidity, narcissism and greed. It is mentally exhausting! Please, will you finally end this madness? Please!
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    Build the wall.
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    By All Means .... Yes The Bill Needs Passing Fentanyl- and synthetic opioid-related deaths are on the rise in certain regions of the U.S. It’s important to keep these drugs entry out of the country by detecting and intercepting them at points of entry. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.27.19.....
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    Classic US Government play here.....fund the smuggling of drugs and then fund the battle to end the smuggling. Let’s not forget to mention all the money DC is getting from Big Pharm lobbyists. This is no different than when the CIA started funding cartels to ship drugs into the country so we could beef up and militarize police forces to stop drug crimes. The government gets money, the military industrial complex gets money and the henchmen in Blue get money. Everyone wins except for the People.
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    Why has the flow of drugs not stopped? We have had a war on drugs for decades. Our politicians have year in and year out said we have to do something. What have been the results of the war?
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    NO, I am a retired Police Officer and I spent 3 years in Afghanistan where 90% of the worlds opium supply comes from. Police agencies already have Drug task Forces The Federal Government already has the DEA - it is their job to stop drugs PERIOD regardless of the type of drug. If the USA wants drugs stopped they should have continued with the Drug Eradication Program in Afghanistan when we were there BUT the USA stopped enforcing the Eradication Program. If the USA wants to put a dent in the OPIOID program they should stop sending Financial AID to Afghanistan until they stop sending us their drugs and pressure them to stop it. YOUR IDEA OF FUNDING THE OPIOD CRISIS is to PAY Medical programs to fund OPIOID ADDICTION PROGRAMS -- that stops Nothing. America could if they wanted to -- put a serious dent in the illegal drug trafficking if they wanted to through POLITICAL NEGOTIATION AND EMBARGOES from CHINA - AFGHANISTAN - MEXICO and INDIA but America does not do that.
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    I’d much rather DHS do this instead of persecuting refugees.
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    A worthy goal, and may I suggest getting those in Big Pharma who made billions while innocent patients became addicts because Perdue and the Sacklers had their companies giving doctors expensive vacations and other goodies to prescribe opioids paying for this by way of heavy federal fines for their crimes! I would also like to see the owners and CEOs of these companies put in jail for what amounted to murder and terrible injury to the families of the victims!
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    The government and its war on drugs have already done enough damage. Legalization will not only help those addicted, but will practically eliminate all the violent crime currently tied to drug smuggling.
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    They can try. I as a nurse know that if they want drugs they will find them of invent other drugs
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    What have they been doing up until now? DHS seems to think that Trump’s vanity wall will end all drug smuggling, despite the overwhelming amount of drugs coming through airport and shipping ports. Perhaps a better strategy would be a change of management.
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    This task force sounds like another way to legitimize harassing people of color at the border based on their race or perceived ethnic origin. We do need to address the opioid problem, but this is not the way to do it and I'm disappointed and angry that this is bipartisan. Experts agree that this is a public health issue, not solely about border security. Addiction is a disease, and we need to focus on treating it instead of throwing people in jail and treating black and brown people at the border like criminals. If there's no demand, the supply will stop. This task force is just a way to justify harassment and human rights abuses by CBP.
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    What’s the point of trying to stop opioid smuggling when we let the Sacklers get away with knowingly selling dangerous and addictive opioids to millions of people? Prosecute the Sacklers first.
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    I have another question? What is the DEA doing?, sitting on their thumbs? This looks like someone is trying to carve out chunks of money from my pocketbook
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    No. We have an inexperienced acting head of Homeland Security. He should not be given more responsibility. The role of Homeland should definitely not be expanded. We have FBI, CIA & DEA. Leave well enough alone. Let Homeland do it’s intended job — a tight focus on investigating threats by alleged _terrorists._ Which, by the way, should have been left to the FBI & CIA in the first place.
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    Build the wall. Jussie sayin.
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