Trump Vows To Increase War On Drugs
President Donald Trump has made many changes since his short time in the Oval Office began. And now, the loved/hated Commander In Chief has pledged to escalate the war on drugs against the Mexican cartel.
The conservative blog RedState.com headlined Trump's speech, stating, “Trump Promises to Ramp Up the War on Drugs.” They continued by saying, "Trump apparently believes he will succeed where everyone else has failed.”
President Trump believes that the border wall between Mexico and the United States will not only prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country, but also put a block between the Mexican cartel sending drugs into the U.S. Within his speech,Trump questioned, "What impact do drugs have in terms of a percentage on crime? They said, 75 to 80 percent. That’s pretty sad. We’re going to stop the drugs from pouring in. We’re going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people. We’re going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice.”
He further emphasized his push on the war on drugs by calling on the help of the people living in communities with illegal immigrants who could be affiliated with the cartel. He stated, "“And we’re going to take that fight to the drug cartels and work to liberate our communities from their terrible grip of violence. You have the power and knowledge to tell General Kelly—now Secretary Kelly—who the illegal immigrant gang members are. Now, you have that power because you know them, you’re there, you’re local. You know the illegals, you know them by their first name, you know them by their nicknames. You have that power. The federal government can never be that precise. But you’re in the neighborhoods—you know the bad ones, you know the good ones.”
Trump has managed to begin deporting immigrants in the U.S., many of which are not the stereotypical narco-trafficker or gang-bangers we are under the assumption are prioritized to be removed from the country. Bill Piper, senior director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, feels Trump's view of the War On Drugs is antiquated. “Jeff Sessions and President Trump are stuck in the 1980s when it comes to drug policy, while most of the country knows by now that we need alternatives to the failed drug war. If the administration tries to roll back marijuana reform or to undermine criminal justice reform they will find themselves even less popular than they are now.”