All eyes are on the American Southwest as election season is underway, and border security is considered a top issue among Republicans.
Mark Morgan, the former commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection in the Trump administration from 2019 to 2021, is backing Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and senatorial nominee Blake Masters due to their stances on the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
I had the chance to speak with Morgan following a Heritage Action for America event on Friday evening in Scottsdale, in which he stumped for Masters.
Cameron Arcand: What led you to give resounding endorsements to Masters and Lake?
Mark Morgan: First of all, I looked at who else has endorsed them and why. I mean, great patriots like Tom Homan, the former ICE director, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, they’ve all endorsed Blake Masters. Even former candidate Jim Lamon has endorsed Blake Masters. Because if you look at what Blake Masters is saying and what he’s doing right now, I think I’m very confident that Blake is gonna do what we need senators to do back in the United States Capitol. And that’s to have the political strength, courage, and will to really enact meaningful legislation that’s gonna allow us to secure the borders.
I know who’s not gonna do that, and that’s Mark Kelly. He’s, he’s provided us 20 months of past performance. And that’s always an indicator of future performance. And he has done everything but attempt to secure the border. Like I said in my comments, I mean, he has done everything he can to support the Biden administration’s open border policies. He hasn’t pushed back on any meaningful policy that this administration has to secure the borders, and that’s why I’m endorsing Blake Masters.
CA: We already know that fentanyl is being made in China, trafficked through Mexico, and coming over the border. What’s your message to families who are concerned, especially with Halloween coming up and all that, about the fentanyl that’s already in the United States interior?
MM: Yeah, so that’s the key is that everyone should be concerned, because we talk about the fentanyl crisis and epidemic. Everybody agrees. Everybody understands 107,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. Everybody knows that the leading cause of death of adults 18 to 45 is fentanyl. What we don’t talk enough about is that 95 percent of the fentanyl comes from our wide-open, Southwest border. So, if you are really concerned about the young people in this country dying, and other people dying–unbeknownst to them–of drugs being laced with fentanyl, then you’ll secure the border. I mean, if you’re not for border security, then you’re passively approving the fact that we’re giving operational control over the southern border to the cartels and drugs are pouring across. And one of the driving factors of that is illegal immigration.
The lawlessness that’s being allowed to happen by illegal immigration. It’s pulling resources off the front line, and it literally gives operational control to the cartels. And they’re able to pour drugs across that are killing our youth at greater proportions than ever before in our history. So I understand great slogans like “One pill can kill” and we need to do things. Here’s the thing: I know I’m going on here, but this is very important. Fentanyl is not like other drugs. So, you can’t put somebody in a drug rehabilitation program for the fact they’ve taken one pill in their life, and unbeknownst to them was laced with fentanyl, and they died. That’s not a drug addict. There’s no treatment for them.
What we have to do is stop the drug from coming into this country, and the way we do that is to secure our borders. The way we secure our borders is to stop illegal immigration.
CA: My last question for you has to do with busing migrants. Now, Lake has said she doesn’t necessarily agree with it because it brings people further into the interior of the country. Where do you stand on busing, and do you think it’s a sustainable policy?
MM: Yeah, so first of all, I think what Gov. Abbott and Gov. DeSantis did was genius; first of all, ’cause it did a couple of things. One is it kept the border crisis on the top pole. I mean, I did more interviews in the 30 days when, after they started doing the busing than ever before.
Even though we have Americans dying from drug overdoses, there are murderers, rapists, and pedophiles sneaking into our country every single day. National security threats. That wasn’t getting the media attention. It wasn’t until Abbott and DeSantis started busting illegal aliens into these sanctuary cities. Now, all of a sudden, it was an issue.
So, one, it kept it top fold. Two, I think it exposed the hypocrisy of these sanctuary cities. And let’s keep in mind the Biden administration, in the first 20 months of their administration, they’ve transported two million illegal aliens into the interior [of the] United States, including cities like D.C., Chicago, and New York. But these mayors haven’t said a thing. The mainstream media didn’t say a thing. It’s only until two Republican governors do it. Now, all of a sudden, it’s a crisis.
Everybody forgets about the millions that this administration has sent to the interior United States. And look, if Gov. Abbott hadn’t sent them to New York City, the Biden administration would have. They all wanted to go to New York City, because New York City has some of the most prolific sanctuary city laws in this country, and that’s exactly where the illegal aliens want to go.
Please note that this interview has been edited for grammar, length, and clarity.