President Obama has never included drugs as a major component of his administration’s platform. If anything, he’s been a champion for reduced drug laws, commuted sentencing for drug offenders, and the legalization of marijuana. And while no one can argue that the War on Drugs has been successful in any way, shape, or form, it’s a little disheartening to have a president who won’t speak out against the evils of addiction.
In any event, Obama is not just playing bystander to the destructive effect of illegal drugs, he’s actually implementing policies that aggravate the situation. Because, as loathe as he is to admit it, most of these drugs are coming into this country from Mexico.
“Every single illegal alien that comes into the country goes through the hands of a drug cartel,” said Hector Garza, the president of the Laredo chapter of the National Border Patrol Council. As reported by The Daily Caller, Garza said that even immigrants who don’t ask for help are being used by the cartels. “When we talk about securing the border, it’s not just about stopping illegal immigration,” he said. “It’s also about stopping dangerous drugs from entering our communities and our schools and getting into the hands of kids and affecting family members.”
Garza is not the only one sounding the alarm. Statistics straight from the federal government bear his argument out. In 2005, law enforcement authorities seized more than $80 billion worth of cocaine and marijuana, and the situation at the border is only worse today. In 2014, nearly three-quarters of those sentences on federal drug charges were illegal immigrants. Illegals also, incidentally, accounted for more than a third of all federal sentencing, drugs included.
The facts are clear when it comes to heroin and its societal effects. Between 2002 and 2013, the death rate from heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled. In 2013 alone, more than 8,000 Americans died from heroin-related overdoses. Heroin arrests are through the roof, surpassing even marijuana arrests for the first time in the nation’s history.
To confront these sick statistics, the White House announced this year a new $5 million program aimed at treatment and investigation of heroin use and trafficking. While this one-year experiment is a good start, Obama would do better to put that money toward securing the southern border. But of course he can’t do that, because it runs counter to his glorious vision of illegal immigration. Unless you’re a Native American, you can’t complain, remember?