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Why the Increase in Immigrants?

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:30 am

There have been two main reports of why the increase in immigrants that have flooded our Southern border. It may be that both are reasons.

We know the immigrants, especially the younger ones, have fled Central America through Mexico for safety in the United States. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, head of the U.S. military’s Southern Command, who has been following the immigration situation for some months, said illegal drug conditions have made a number of countries unsafe. Americans want drugs, have the money to buy them, and the drug runners push their illegal products through Mexico to America. Violence has resulted from drug cartels. The governments in the Central American countries are weak due to corruption and unable to protect their people.

Gen. Kelly said in a story in the Military Times that criminals have the financial power to overwhelm the law, due to the demand for drugs in the U.S., especially for cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines produced in Latin America and smuggled into America. He also said 80 percent of the violence is linked to the drug trade.

Another theory is that President Obama’s encouraging words about allowing some immigrants to stay in this country prompted people to head north.

There is no question about the violence in some Central and South American countries being the result of the illegal drug trade and related criminal activities.

Where else can they go for safety?

Congress and the executive branch have not been able to come up with a workable plan they can agree on to curb the influx of immigrants. It has led to Texas calling out some of its National Guard units. That should help to stop the entry into Texas by some immigrants, but it’s not a final solution.

Will Americans ever get over their appetite for drugs?

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