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All hell is about to break loose.

The crisis at the southern border is bad enough already. But what happens next month when Title 42, a Trump-era border enforcement measure, ends?

According to a shocking report from The Daily Caller, already-overwhelmed Border Patrol agents have confessed they are in the dark as to what happens after Title 42 is terminated. An upswing of illegal immigration is already happening, and not surprisingly, the federal government has provided only “limited instructions” on what agents are supposed to do in the wake of the surge.

As the clock ticks down, new polling reflects that Americans are increasingly nervous and want action. 87% hold the federal government responsible for the crisis. Nearly 70% do not believe that D.C. can ever fix the problem.

In light of these numbers, it’s not surprising that 75% of Americans also say that individual states have the right to take action, protecting their citizens and state borders, if the national government fails to do so. Across the political spectrum, Americans cannot hide from the truth any longer: the disaster at our southern border is unquestionably a humanitarian crisis. We’ve watched the situation rapidly devolve and are finally beginning to ask: How much worse does the crisis need to get before our leaders act?

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Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, with the number killed by the drug up 94% since 2019. What is leading to this deadly epidemic? In January 2023 alone, the equivalent of more than 320 million lethal doses of fentanyl were seized at the southern border. Nine thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine pounds of methamphetamine were seized in the same month. One person in the U.S. dies from a fentanyl overdose every seven minutes. Methamphetamine overdose deaths have also skyrocketed.

In addition to drugs, known terrorists are also pouring across our border. At least 53 people on the terror watchlist have been apprehended trying to enter the U.S. between ports of entry so far just this fiscal year. Considering a staggering 1.2 million migrants have escaped past Border Patrol under the current administration, we can only imagine how many terrorists have actually made it through un-apprehended—we are forgetting 9/11 at our peril.

Our unsecured border is a hotspot for human trafficking, which makes predators $150 billion annually. According to shocking estimates, “60% of Latin American children who set out to cross the border alone or with smugglers have been caught by the cartels and are being abused in child pornography or drug trafficking.”

Added to all that—nearly six million illegal immigrants have crossed the border since 2020.

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The human tragedy and threat to our nation is becoming more real by the day.

The American people have had enough. Regardless of political leanings or historic party positions on these issues, they have come to realize this particular crisis transcends party lines.

On what other issue in American politics today do so many voters agree?

The federal government has utterly failed the American people, and it shows in the polling. More than that, D.C. has put our lives on the line.

As a result, the onus now falls on the states to put an end to this deadly invasion—and the Texas legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott have the opportunity to do just that.

Click here to read the rest of Mark’s article on Newsmax!

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.