Trump says border wall will stop drug cartels that have ‘literally taken over towns and cities’

by Stephen Dinan | washingtontimes  |  published on May 19, 2017

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President Trump doubled down Thursday on his demand for a border wall, warning of the growing threat of drug cartels and criminal gangs he said have “literally taken over towns and cities of the United States.”

Emerging from a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, whose country has struggled for years with cartel-fueled violence, Mr. Trump said drug crime has become a “dangerous threat to our societies.” He called for international cooperation in pursuing smugglers and for infrastructure to keep them out of the U.S. in the first place.

“The drug epidemic is poisoning too many American lives, and we’re going to stop it in many different ways. One of them will be the wall,” Mr. Trump said.

Even though illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border appears to be down dramatically under Mr. Trump, the flow of drugs remains high — with heroin and other serious narcotics surging.

  • Carolann Enkhaus

    Build the Wall and then inspect every single truck that enters our country from mexico!!!

  • The two biggest reasons for the Liberal opposition to the wall: 1. big business and manufacturing craves the cheep labor. 2. the elite ( DEM’S & RINO’S) in the D C Beltway fear loosing their SUPPLY!
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  • Frederic Charles Hilnbrand

    Well we know this wall WILL stop drug cartels and what th3ey have been doing for years. Now build the damn wall and end this crap. Stop the talk and do what you said you were going to do already.

  • CharlieSeattle

    President Trump, Yes build the wall and improve border security.

    End the “War on Drugs” by actually fighting those that sell and use them.

    Implement mandatory random drug testing twice a year in the US, for everyone, ages 17 and up and….forever!

    Want a HS Diploma? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want a drivers license or renewal? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want insurance of any kind? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want to go to Trade School, College? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want to join the Military? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want a College degree? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want a job ANYWHERE? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    Want a Income tax refund? Drug test(s) must be clean.

    etc., etc. ……If your drug test(s) are not clean, see below.

    For drug users:

    1st offence, Stiff fines and probation with random testing 6 times a year for 5 years.

    2nd offence, 5 years in prison followed by random testing 6 times a year for 10 years.

    3rd offence, 20 years in prison followed by random testing for life

    4th offence, You have proven you are too stupid to test. Prison for the rest of your life.

    For drug dealers:

    1st offence, Stiff fines and 5 years in prison followed by random testing 6 times a year for 5 years.

    2nd offence, 15 years in prison followed by random testing 6 times a year for 10 years.

    3rd offence, 25 years in prison followed by random testing for life

    4th offence, You have proven you are too stupid to allow out. Prison for the rest of your life.

    That ought to do it.

    • gvette

      I’m going to be a little sarcastic here. Humor, if you will. Obama turned the drug dealers free. Remember? My thought to that is two things. If you want to destroy a country, get it hooked on drugs. (Drug wars in china) Second thought, Barry needs someone to buy dope from, for him, and his daughter!

  • CCblogging

    A land without borders is not a nation! Build the wall!

    • Lkfeinb

      All of Europe has borders without walls.

      • CCblogging

        You are almost correct. Some of the eastern European nations have fence aka walls. I think at this time that number is two nations and the EU is furious with them for upsetting the Globalist applecart. It’s obvious that more walls are needed in Europe. The Muslim jihadi age men are raping the European women. The Muslims there are driving trucks over men, women and children! The Muslims are taking over Europe and you can’t be so ignorant as not to know that! You don’t seem to care anymore about those Europeans than the Muslims squatters in Europe do.

        • Lkfeinb

          Mexicans are not Muslims and they are not being murdered on mass by the Mexican President.
          We don’t have immigrants en mass and they are trending down, not up.
          I agree Europe is in trouble, but the French showed their character by voting for a moderate instead of voting out of fear. The open borders of the EU has caused problems. They will be solved, but not by building more walls.

          • CCblogging

            How about this to solve all immigration/invasion problems. Mexicans stay in Mexico and Muslims stay in Islamic nations. Build a wall and the problems are solved.

      • gvette

        look at the problems they are having because of it.

        • Lkfeinb

          You are correct, but they have open borders legally. The Muslim culture from which young men are coming is dangerous, but there is no vetting because of the EU.
          Our MEXICAN immigration of illegals has gone down steadily. The Mexicans contribute to our economy and are NOT rapists and terrorists . They just want a better life and they are not a problem like the Cubans when they had that boat lift so many years ago. We absorbed the worst of Cuba because Castro emptied his jails and now look at the situation. The children from those people are contributing members of our society – part of the melting pot.

          • gvette

            Open borders invites the rubble in. Like I said. Look at the problems around the world with with the influx of worthless Muslims. The countrys that don’t allow them, aren’t bothered, are they. You do understand Muslims slide in through Mexico, don’t you.

          • Olaf Thunderfoot

            Tell that to Louise Sollowin. Tell it to Joshua Wilkerson. Tell it to Vanessa Pham. Tell it to Kathryn Steinle. Tell it to the 121 victims who were killed by obbummer’s amnesty. Build the wall.

        • Lkfeinb

          We don’t need or want a wall. The Mexicans are a good culture and the drugs will be imported anyway. You think a wall will keep them out? We will get all the bad without the good.

          • gvette

            I tend to listen to true reporters that have gone down, and witnessed what is going on there. I listen to the people that live there, and report.You don’t want a wall.

  • Webb

    30 Feet high, One Way Plexie Glass 18″ thick…was some ones idea of a wall.
    Stopping illegals from seeing our side of the border…But being able to view the other side. Maybe…

    • snl

      Interesting idea.

    • Frederic Charles Hilnbrand

      This is really a cool idea but I would rather have concrete. We do not need to see them. Stop them is another story.

      • Webb

        Concrete is great…
        I do believe a one-way plexiglass would keep our border agents safe…if is thick and slick, it would be a little harder to climb. While the agents would know the dangers in a particular area…
        If Republicans can get on with the Promise!
        ☆★☆

  • maxx

    A wall will probably help but a 50 yard wide “land mine field” along the border would be far less expensive. Put up a sign written in Spanish “Attention: Land mine area. Enter at your own risk”. It could be monitored by drones to send pictures of the fools that didn’t take the sign seriously.

    • Lkfeinb

      Ok, I like that idea. A wall greatly compromises the wildlife on the border and it really isn’t necessary. They are building tunnels, you know.

      • snl

        Wildlife adapts.

        • Lkfeinb

          No, it dies.

          • snl

            No, it lives on. Unlike snowflakes.

      • CCblogging

        Mines can kill animals and illiterate people who can’t read. A wall is easy to understand.

  • Barrustio

    Who is this idiot Stephen Dinan…he acknowledges “PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS” but calls our president “MR. TRUMP”? The Washington Times, eh? Biased any? Then they cry when accused of fake news.

    • Frederic Charles Hilnbrand

      He is just another POS.

    • pmbalele

      You cannot stop drugs if there is market for them. We have now kids graduating in chemistry in my state. They can manufacture Aspirin, Ephedrine and other chemicals in their basement. I know it helps if we stop drugs coming from out of this country. But we have this mess still in this country. Drugs have market and therefore they will continue to be a problem unless we educate the public the dangers of drugs. So stopping drugs from abroad is just a copout for it’s just like preaching to Repubs and TPs males not to chase young women.

      • Marilynn Reeves

        Rather than prison need to go into 2 year treatment programs as there are as many drugs in prison as on the streets.

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        • pmbalele

          So now White people are dying of drugs you want people to be treated. Before, you were putting Blacks in prisons for years. Give me a break.

          • Marilynn Reeves

            White,black or green does not matter,we just know prison does not work.All that does matter is stopping the flow and breaking the cycle.

  • Jose

    BUILD THE WALL, BUILD THE WALL. I do not mind paying a surcharge in taxes being specifically for the wall.

    • Ramon1710 .

      Rechanneling some of the government waste/abuse currently going to leftists, like the National Endowment For The Arts, PBS, and Planned Murderhood would be better. They’ve got enough money – just not the impetus to spend it responsibly.

      • Lkfeinb

        First of all, how do you know the arts have enough money? They are the least funded of any in the industrialized world and are hurting,
        Secondly, an appreciation for the arts makes a society great. “Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone”
        Your statement defines you, and not well!

        • snl

          Let, no, make the rich pay for their own art!

          • Lkfeinb

            You think Arts are only for the rich?

          • snl

            The kind the nea funds, yes!

          • Lkfeinb

            School children are bused to plays, free outdoor concerts. Training the talented. Etc etc etc. you are wrong.

      • bobnstuff

        Sorry but if you want the kind of money needed for the stupid wall there are only to places in the budget, Defense, the waste there would pay for it or Social Security and I don’t think there are enough truly stupid people in Washington to try that one. I guess you could cut corporate welfare but who would pay for our elections if you did that.

        • Lkfeinb

          Medicare loses $900 a minute through fraud. Why does no one attack that? No food stamps are attacked. Welfare is attacked the arts are attacked. All government programs have done waste and fraud, but Medicare takes the prize.

          • bobnstuff

            I think your number is a little low but if Medicare was a private company that percentage of loss would be well in the expectable range, in fact a manger that did that well would get a bonus. We are talking $500 million in loses in a program the is $500 billion.

    • maxx

      20 – 30 foot high tubular steel fence panels could be produced by companies all over the US to be sent south to be erected. The fence could be done in 6 months. Advertise selling the panels to individuals like they sell commemorative bricks for memorials. I’ll bet lots of Americans would consider sponsoring a panel. I know I would. It would be like selling “war bonds” in the 1940’s. It became a patriotic duty.

    • Lkfeinb

      I do because it will hurt trade and Mexico is our 2nd largest trading partner.

      • gvette

        LOL…a wall wouldn’t hurt trade. Did you get that idea from your DemonRAT talking points?

      • Jose

        Mexico’s trade WOULD NOT suffer. Right now, Mexico is getting “free” money from all the ILLEGAL INVADERS who send most of their “under the table” money to Mexico. Shut the ILLEGAL INVADERS off, they have to “work, live and fight for their “freedom” back home so they will begin to work within their country and produce more exports which we will continue to buy. Same applies to other countries south of the border and even north of the border. Remember all the USA companies that do their production south of the border.

      • Olaf Thunderfoot

        How would a wall hurt any trade?

    • CCblogging

      Build The Wall!!!

    • Frederic Charles Hilnbrand

      AMEN!! We both are on the SAME page!! Also we can use the drug money but we know people in our gov’t does not want us to have that money. Someone should ask, WHY can’t we use it for that?? Should be a funny answer.

  • bobnstuff

    As long as there’s a demand for drugs in the US they will come in. A wall won’t even slow down the flow. Trump needs to actually check some facts before he locks himself into an idea. The experts say a fence and more manpower for the border. As far as the drug trade goes. it’s a mental health problem and cutting the funds for mental health will only make it worse. This is a case where asking the experts first and then making policy would be the smart thing to do.

    • Barrustio

      How about locking them up for longer periods

      • bobnstuff

        There are places where a wall is useful but most of the border would be better suited for a fence like we have on over 600 miles. Listen to both the border patrol and the people living on the border. Just as proof that at times a fence is better look at our super max prisons, the all have fences. look at our military bases, they all have fences. As for the drug users locking them up for long times doesn’t stop the problem. Unless they get medical help they just go back to using when they get out. At a hundred and twenty dollars per day it would be both cheaper and better to deal with their problem then to just lock them up. For the same money for one day in jail you can give them a med that keeps them from using for a whole month. This is why I say go see what the experts in the field have to say.

        • Lkfeinb

          Do we really want a part of our country to look like the Berlin Wall? These things all end badly.

      • maxx

        Too many states are legalizing drugs to collect $$$ to pay to run their sorry states now. Pot may seem like a harmless, victimless substance but it is not. Driving under the influence of it can still kill someone just like booze. But the government likes collecting $20 a gallon for the right to distill alcohol don’t they.

      • Lkfeinb

        Another simplistic solution to a complex problem.

        • Barrustio

          Better than no solution

      • Lkfeinb

        We already have the highest incarceration rate per capita in the world.

        • Barrustio

          Well then set them free and let them poison our children

          • Lkfeinb

            Most of the incarcerated are in drug charges – and minor ones at that.
            Other countries rehabilitatate and have a much lower rate of recivitism.

      • Olaf Thunderfoot

        How about legalizing and taxing ALL drugs? The stupid will Darwinize themselves and save society from having to support them.

    • Lkfeinb

      True!!! But he thrives on sound bites and the prejudice of others. He taps into all that is bad about the human species.

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