At Wednesday night’s third Republican presidential primary debate for 2024, the five candidates spent two hours trading jabs in Miami over the usual topics, including how they’d handle the country’s devastating opioid crisis.

One of the moderators, conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, said his listeners view the border with Mexico as a top priority due to the millions of illegals crossing into the U.S. who, he said, become a burden. And then there are the 150 illegals who were found to be on a terrorist list. 

“But I want to talk about opioids specifically and fentanyl,” he said after his not-so-subtle linking of migrants fleeing violence and poverty to fentanyl smugglers.

Fact check: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in February that it was "unequivocally false that fentanyl is being brought to the United States by non-citizens encountered in between the ports of …

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