If you listen to the Trump Administration, the issues with the southern border are the fault of previous administrations weak on immigration.
And the blame from the Trump Administration on immigration falls to the nations below the border.
The Trump Administration acts like it stands on the higher moral ground than these nations, asylum seekers, and immigrants.
And, they’d have us believe the United States is a victim and under siege, which is untrue.
Here’s a big problem — America has an insatiable appetite for drugs.
Any serious and strategic plan to reduce issues at the border must deal with our drug problem.
The US Treasury Department officials estimate illegal drugs sales amount to $64 Billion from the United States a year.
It’s our need for drugs, and the “war on drugs,” that fuels the cartels, gangs, and violence south of the border.
It’s our need for drugs that’s partially responsible for the fleeing families. Nations are ravished by our drug use and drug policies.
So, y’all, the chickens are coming home to roost. And, the United States sows many seeds it doesn’t want to claim or pull from the ground.
The problem is partly us, the United States. And, tougher action, walls, and agents won't fix these problems alone.
The roots of these issues will burrow under a wall. So, Trump’s border wall is a sham of symbolism. It’s a flimsy “KEEP OUT” sign that does nothing for the other routes and root issues.
For the money and the demand, people will deliver the drugs. And, the desperate people south of the border will get out and get in too.
I still say, our borders are secure. Sure, they could be better. But the wider issue is that we aren’t sober. And, if we focus on security and not sobriety then we scapegoat the people at the border.
So, I’m angry Trump doesn’t specify America’s drug use in his border crisis.
In March 2018, the Trump Administration rolled out his initiatives to end the “opioid epidemic.” But they haven’t connected the crisis at the border with our drug use.
And working-class whites, a huge segment of Trump’s support, are the ones researchers say are dying from deaths of despair which include opioid use and overdoses.
To be a decent and effective leader on this issue, Trump must make these connections. A decent and effective leader would help Americans see how we are part of the problem.
Instead, we get blaming, shaming, and name-calling. The superiority complex and finger-pointing Trump inspires is shameful and hypocritical.
Can you blame the mother with a child in hand when you realize it’s your cousin’s drug problem that forces people our way?
Your tone changes when you know you’re part of the problem. Your policies change when you realize you’re part of the problem. And your attitudes and actions change when you know you’re part of the problem.
But America doesn’t have a good track record of connecting the dots, it’s far easier to blame and shame.
I’m still wondering how we allowed Trump to say, “They’re bringing drugs” without asking why? Why?!
If they’re bringing drugs, it’s because they can sell them and make money. You’d think ‘the Donald’ would know something about supply, demand, markets, and money.
Officials at the border say the money and profits from drug sales are key to stopping the flow of illicit drugs.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime list going after drug money as one of the most effective strategies to stop drug trafficking.
And yet, there’s no mention of any strategy to target the money in Trump’s opioid initiative. Instead, Trump insists drug dealers must face the death penalty.
But it’s the flow of drug money that allows drug lords to bribe and control countries. It’s the flow of drug money that destabilizes the local economies and makes poor countries poorer. And, as a result, people must run for their lives.
This issue is like the most vicious water cycle with several stages. Our mental health, our addictions, and our recreational use may lead us to use drugs.
Now, on the personal side, I’ve used drugs more than I can count or remember. Hard drugs. Designer drugs. And, if pressed, I would’ve said I have no issue with people using drugs. I’d say an addiction is a problem, but recreational drug use is not.
But when I understand how America’s drug use and policies cause problems at home and abroad, that rationale is no longer good enough for me.
And as a vegan, my past drug use was hypocritical and nonsensical. If I care what my food is, and where it comes from, why was there a disconnect with drugs? Surely, meat is better than meth and cheese is better than cocaine!
I must admit, these drugs are not cruelty-free. The people south of the border are having a bad time because of our good times. Our recreational drug use is full-time oppression for others.
So, I can’t see recreational drug use as a minor personal matter anymore.
If enough people do something, it’s no longer recreational. It’s then a professional sport. It’s an industry. It’s a market. It’s a national pastime. And, this American pastime is ruining lives everywhere.
I’m sure Trump supporters use illegal drugs too, right? Some of them cry for a wall, without realizing they are part of the problem with their drug use.
Which leads me to believe, the debate on immigration is under the influence. It is not a sober debate. It’s not a sober discussion about ourselves or the solutions.
To be sober, we must examine and end the “war on drugs.” We must be honest about how we finance, arm, and spur bloodshed for our war on drugs.
Sobriety on this issue means we explore the decriminalization of drugs and enhance prevention and treatment.
I just know we can’t place all the blame on Mexico, Central America, and South America because the United States has blame too.
We must take responsibility, and that includes responsibility for the families at the border. And, we must admit we have a problem and we are a problem.
They say that’s a good first step to recovery. I hope we take it, that first step, and many more.