Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why didn't Obama call for a wall to stop the drug lords?

Tell me why Donald Trump is wrong to want to close the border to opioid drugs flooding into the U.S. from Mexico.The issue shouldn't be that Donald Trump is asking for a wall, but why didn't Obama build it to protect Americans? We've lost 6,853 Americans in combat and "other" in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, but 13,000 from heroin in just 2015. Wouldn't building/completing a wall have been cheaper in blood and treasure? Do these families not grieve also?

"The nonprofit Hudson Institute estimated the amount of pure heroin produced in Mexico in 2015 rose 67% over the 2014 numbers, and 170% over the estimates for 2013. Officials from both Mexico and the United States estimated at least a 50% jump in production in 2014, according to the New York Times."

"In 2015 more than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose; of those, 63.1 percent involved an opioid. This MMWR Early Release features opioid overdoses data for 28 states and indicates that the increase in opioid overdose death rates is being driven by illicit opioids, like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. This new report also highlights the continued need for public health and public safety to work together to prevent overdose deaths."

Trump's enemies claim he is a racist for wanting a more secure border--I guess they think he doesn't read government reports or that the lives lost from heroin don't matter as much as gun homicides, which they now exceed. If heroin was flooding in from Canada and he objected, what would they call him, a Canadiphobe?
The president calling for more border security should have been Obama these last 8 years.

"United States cooperation with Mexican authorities has atrophied, removing the pressure and incentives for them to root out heroin production—production that feeds corruption and undermines the rule of law in Mexico. There are no reports that the president, the secretary of state, or the attorney general have called Mexican counterparts to urge joint action." Weekly Standard, May 19, 2016

drug cartel infographic

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