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Donald Trump and the War on Drugs

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Current President Donald J. Trump was elected back in 2016 on one major campaign promise: a wall needs to be built to separate the border between Mexico and the United States. As of today (this article being published on February 14th, 2018) the wall has not been built. President Trump is doing everything in his power to get that wall built, including eradicating DACA in hopes of coming to a compromise with the democrats and even shutting down the government again. He’s definitely trying his hardest, and I’m all for presidents sticking to their promises made during their campaign. The only problem that I have with this election promise, is that it’s downright one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

If we want to get a true grasp on President Trump’s plan, you have to look at what his intentions are objectively. From the outside looking in, he’s trying to stop the flow of drugs from Mexico into the United States. I’ll give him credit, it is a problem. It’s a safe fact to say that much of the drug cartel handled in the Southern United States is illegally smuggled from Mexico. However, is this really the best way to handle this problem? I certainly don’t think so.

Building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants sends a bad message about our country. Granted, border control is important, and in a perfect world, every immigrant should be able to move to the United States legally and with ease. But unless you’ve been up close and personal with the naturalization process, then the difficulty really doesn’t sink in.

Many Mexicans move to the United States, and many make the journey of becoming an American citizen. In many cases, this process can take upwards to 10 or 15 years. That is ridiculous. The majority of immigrants from Mexico move to the United States to work towards a better life, and most work harder than any American citizen that I know to achieve the almost impossible.

Putting up a wall to essentially divide our culture from theirs, in hopes of ending the drug flow, will do nothing but make us no greater than our enemies. Sure lots of nations have built walls in their days. Remember when the Soviet Union put up that nice little wall in West Berlin to keep democracy out of their country? That sent a nice message to everyone else. As Spanish philosopher George Santayana said, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Please stop generalizing Mexican immigrants as lazy and immoral, when, for the majority, this could not be more false.

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