In recent years, New Hampshire has been plagued by a heroin epidemic affecting youth throughout the state. This issue was highlighted in the recent presidential campaign, with Donald Trump frequently commenting on the issue when campaigning in the Granite State.
Trump often professed genuine astonishment that such a beautiful state could be so afflicted with drug problems. He touted his proposal of building a wall along the US-Mexico border as part of the solution to the problem, claiming Mexico as the source for the drugs flowing into New Hampshire.
Just yesterday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) named illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities as being responsible for 85 percent of the fentanyl entering the state, per an interview with Boston Herald Radio.
Specifically, Sununu blamed the sanctuary city of Lawrence, Massachusetts as a significant part of the conduit moving drugs between Mexico and the northeastern region of the United States.
“So you have undocumented drug dealers that are dealing these drugs, they are getting arrested, they are being given bail by judges,” Sununu told Boston Herald Radio. “…They’re jumping bail, getting a new ID and they’re back in the same home dealing drugs a week later. It’s an absolutely crazy system.”
Sununu’s comments on Lawrence reflect a growing concern with sanctuary cities as a safe haven for criminal illegal immigrants, who are difficult to track, and even more difficult to deport.
Daniel Rivera, the Democratic mayor of Lawrence, was quick to reproach Sununu for his comments. “You think he’d be a little bit smarter that to just go after immigrants and communities,” he told the Boston Herald.
“When there’s a tough problem, say there’s an easy solution and blame somebody who has nothing to do with it,” Rivera continued. “What we need to do is come together and say, ‘How do we deal with the addiction problem?’”
Rivera’s rhetoric is unfortunate, in that he places the blame on the addicts themselves – the youths who have grown up in an environment exposed to cheap sources of dangerous illicit drugs. To tackle the massive addiction problem, it is necessary to stop drugs at the source. Solving the addiction problem is only a piece of the puzzle.
We can only hope that concerned citizens throughout not only New Hampshire, but also the United States, will rally around Governor Sununu and support him in his effort to rid our country of opioids, and highlight the dangers of sanctuary cities and illegal immigration along the way.