With the nation in the deadly grip of the opioid crisis, it is becoming increasingly more important to stop the flow of illegal drugs into America. Speaking at the Customs and Border Patrol Training center, President Trump vowed to get tough on countries bringing drugs into the U.S.
At the CBP national center in Virginia, Trump threatened to cut aid to places like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. He named those countries as contributors to America’s drug epidemic, saying it’s time for “harsh” action.
“I want to stop the aid. If they can’t stop drugs from coming in…” the President told the group. “So, we give them billions and billions of dollars, and they don’t do what they’re supposed to be doing, and they know that. So, we’re going to take a very harsh action.”
In his speech, President Trump tied the flow of drugs over the border to problems with illegal immigration. “We want strong borders and we want to give you laws. We want to stop the catch and release nonsense that goes on…” said the president. “They’re pouring in from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, all over.”
In order to gauge the veracity of Trump’s claims, we reviewed the most recent data from the DEA. According to the 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment report, Mexico poses the greatest danger to our country.
Drug Trafficking Facts
“Mexican TCOs [Transnational Crime Organizations] maintain the greatest drug trafficking influence in the United States, with continued signs of growth and expansion,” read the report. The influence of these Mexican TCO’s, the document suggests, reaches coast-to-coast.
With respect to the other countries President Trump named, the facts are just as disturbing. MS-13, or “Mara Salvatrucha,” gang members hail primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Many of these violent thugs enter the U.S. illegally as unaccompanied minors and go on to distribute illegal drugs and commit crimes such as rape and murder. If this doesn’t prove President Trump is 100% correct, nothing will.
Regardless, it’s time for the left to recognize that secure borders are not the politics of an isolationist. Rather, they’re the necessary policies of a realist.