The "war on drugs" is central to understanding the current situation on the United States' southern border and the bruhaha with Trump's policies.
America’s “War on Drugs” Has Triggered a “Humanitarian Crisis” in Central American. Children Converging at the US Border
8 July, 2014
Since 2011 the US has not only continued “losing” its war on drugs while militarizing so called anti-drug police forces throughout Central America (not unlike the secret dirty wars of yesteryear), during this exact same time period murderous violence in Central America has skyrocketed.
“But we also have to recognize that problems like narco-trafficking arise in part when a country is vulnerable because of poverty, because of institutions that are not working for the people, because young people don’t see a brighter future ahead.”
“The problem was that where I studied there were lots of M-18 gang members, and where I lived was under control of the other gang, the MS-13. The M-18 gang thought I belonged to the MS-13. They had killed the two police officers who protected our school. They waited for me outside the school. It was a Friday, the week before Easter, and I was headed home. The gang told me that if I returned to school, I wouldn’t make it home alive. The gang had killed two kids I went to school with, and I thought I might be the next one. After that, I couldn’t even leave my neighborhood. They prohibited me. I know someone whom the gangs threatened this way. He didn’t take their threats seriously. They killed him in the park. He was wearing his school uniform. If I hadn’t had these problems, I wouldn’t have come here.”
"This all started wth Obama". This story goes back to March 2014
"Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us": Immigrants Fight Record Deportations With Protests, Hunger Strikes
As the number of deportations under President Obama approaches 2 million people and immigration reform lags under Republican obstruction, undocumented immigrants are fighting back through acts of civil disobedience.
Hundreds have gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to support a group of undocumented youths and families seeking re-entry into the United States.
Much further north, in Tacoma, Washington, a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center that started with as many as 750 participants has entered its sixth day.
The privately owned facility used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is owned by the Geo Group. The hunger strikers say they are protesting record deportations and prison conditions that pay them as little as $1 a day.
We are joined from Seattle by Maru Mora Villalpando, an undocumented immigrant and activist with the group Latino Advocacy.
Obama's War on Drugs: A Sham?
Yesterday, Obama's drug czar unveiled the Obama administration's National Strategy for Drug Control. Now they say, that their new strategy is to shift the focus of the drug war from enforcement and criminal prosecutions to prevention and treatment. Something that many law enforcement officials have been calling for for years. And yet if we look at the figures in this new strategy, they just don't seem to add up. Matthew Fogg, a retired Chief Deputy US Federal Marshal and active member of Law Enforcement against prohibition explains why the new strategy isn't enough.