Sunday, August 21, 2016

Heroin and Closing the Borders: It's Not Just an Immigration Problem

This past week, I received some sad news about a previous student and dear friend of mine. Her grandmother called to tell me that she had been arrested for possession of heroin and for auto theft.

I had worked a long time with this student, who needed extra help to graduate school. She is smart, funny, beautiful, and has caring grandparents helping to raise her.

Unfortunately, soon after she left me as a teacher, she fell in with a group of teenaged thugs, including a deceitful and evil boyfriend who introduced her into a world filled with drugs, alcohol, sex, and all the "pleasures" that life has to offer. In a matter of a few months, my student's life had turned into a drug-induced hell.

And now this beautiful young woman is in jail, facing prison and a future life of continued pain and suffering.

While I cannot condone her poor choices that led her into the depths of a depraved life, I can point out that we, as a people, have fallen into a cesspool that accepts all sorts of destructive behavior as a moral imperative. Progressives preach dogmas that devalue human life on a scale that makes past pogroms and holocausts look like children's games.

Drug smuggling into the US is not only rising, it is rising exponentially. Heroin (and other dangerous drugs) are now brought into the US at record levels. Between 2000 and 2008, drug enforcement agencies seized about 500 kg of heroin each year. In 2013, more than 2100 kg was seized - four times as much (source). Heroin related deaths more than tripled between 2010 and 2014, with 10,574 heroin deaths in 2014 (source).

Heroin is highly addictive and highly destructive. All heroin in the US is smuggled in from foreign producers (source). Most of the smuggled heroin comes across the border with Mexico. The White House website notes, "Latin America evolved as the primary supplier of heroin to the United States, with Mexican heroin most prevalent west of the Mississippi and Colombian heroin most prevalent east of it (source)."

It's no secret that vast amounts of heroin are smuggled into the US through the Mexican border. However, in today's progressive culture that promotes politically correct dogmas, the fact that President Obama's nearly open border policies have promoted the heroin traffic is ignored as an inconvenient truth.

We have a heroin epidemic in the US and President Obama actively promotes policies that allow the epidemic to continue.

From the White House website: "The responsibility for curbing heroin production and trafficking lies primarily with the source countries."

In other words, President Obama's policy to stem the heroin traffic is to rely on Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Colombia to curb production. His policy is "to help strengthen law enforcement in heroin source countries."

As we have seen from President Obama's Mideast and other foreign policies, he has a weak and ineffectual stand against the spread of terrorism, as well as the spread of heroin.

Closing the border with Mexico is not merely a matter of allowing thousands of illegal immigrants into the US. It is not a matter of "compassion" as the bleeding-heart liberal media would like us to believe.

It is a matter of survival.

Ten thousand people died in 2014 because Obama refuses to close the border with Mexico. While the numbers for 2015 aren't published yet, we can project another increase in heroin deaths for that year.

Meanwhile, my student, addicted to heroin, is not dead but in jail. She faces a life of misery having succumbed once to destructive and seductive forces which remove her ability to choose.

I am meeting with her in a few hours to lend love and support. Let's hope and pray that she doesn't become another statistic to President Obama's heroin epidemic.