Immigration

Drug Arrests Drop to 17 Year Low as Trump Focuses on Innocent Immigrants

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For nearly three years Trump has repeatedly said we must crack down on illegal immigration and border crossings because drugs are pouring into the country, but Trump's crackdown has apparently made it easier to smuggle drugs into the country.

Arrests for drug trafficking have dropped to the lowest level since 2001 because resources have been diverted to enforce Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that calls for prosecuting every innocent immigrant who is merely trying to survive.

The decision to prosecute everyone caught entering the USA illegally flooded federal courts with thousands of cases, most of them involving minor immigration violations that resulted in no jail time and a $10 fee. As prosecutors and border agents raced to bring those immigrants to court, the number of people they charged under drug-trafficking laws dropped by 30 percent along the border – and in some places far more steeply than that, a USA TODAY review of court dockets and Justice Department records found.

In June and July, federal prosecutors charged fewer people with drug-trafficking violations than in any month since at least 2001, when the United States began a border security buildup. The numbers rebounded in August but remained lower than the previous summer.

Now, obviously, drug trafficking has not dropped to a 17-year-low so the only plausible explanation here is that trafficking is no longer being policed at a consistent level.

Of course, if we're being real, this was never about stopping the flow of drugs. This is about racism. It's about humans with brown skin color. Average immigrants were never the source of drugs as much as Trump has made them out to be, but enough Americans are willing to buy that rationale to turn racism into official policy.

Most of the people who flee to America are running away from drug traffickers, not helping them.

  • muselet

    Step 1: The administration makes a rhetorical connection between immigration by brown people and crime of all sorts (property crimes, violent crimes, drug crimes).

    Step 2: The administration begins prosecuting every brown person crossing the border illegally or even legally (for example, those seeking asylum). Tie up border security and the federal courts with meaningless immigration cases.

    Step 3: As the number of people charged with drug-trafficking offenses decreases, actual drug trafficking increases. The administration responds to the mess it created by hardening its rhetoric against immigration by brown people.

    Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until enough of the public supports draconian measures to fight the scourge of them damn’ drug runners by either deporting the lot of them and allowing no one with skin darker than 20-lb bond paper to enter the country.

    Step 5: Begin again with step 1, targeting a different population.

    I shouldn’t even joke about this. Stephen Miller is likely to have a spontaneous orgasm at the thought.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Are there any stats on actual levels, and have levels perhaps fallen due to legalization efforts? Of course, there are plenty of imported drugs that still aren’t legal, so..stats would be interesting to see.