Dem Lawmakers: Tighter Border Security Means More Illegal Immigrant Deaths
DOJ has also reported that Mexican drug cartels are currently operating in more than 1,000 U.S. cities. PJ Media asked Hinojosa why he opposes increased border security given the challenges many American cities face with drugs and gang violence.
“I’ve been here 17 years in Congress and we had that problem coming from Colombia and the Caribbean islands and Caribbean territories and we put lots of effort and they stopped going through there. They went to other parts of the United States. They tried it on the Pacific side through California, we plugged that up and then they moved down to south Texas and so they keep moving and it’s been a problem that we have had now for over 20 years,” he responded.
“I believe that there is a general concern by members of Congress and the Senate to put a stop to that but what are we, the United States Americans, doing to curb the appetite for the demand for drugs? That is the problem. In my opinion, we in the United States are going to have to do something to do away with that huge appetite for drugs.”
O’Rourke agrees with Hinojosa and argues that more border security is not going to stop the spread of drugs.
“It is our citizens who are demanding and consuming the drugs that’s created the draw that many of cartels and criminal enterprises, U.S. and Mexican, are responding to,” he told PJ Media.
“Again, I just don’t think we can continue to do the same thing and expect a different result. More walls, more border patrol, more militarization, more money is more of the same.”
O’Rourke was asked for his response to critics who say migrants should not put themselves in harm’s way by illegally crossing the border into America from Mexico.
“I don’t know how anyone or any argument can justify the death of 10,000 people in a city that I live next to that was until recently the deadliest city in the world bar none because it is a major transit point in supplying the largest drug market in world and because of the prohibitionary policies we have here that place such a premium on these drugs that people are literally willing to die or kill others to get the drugs across,” he said, referencing the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez, near El Paso, Texas.
“You have hundreds of thousands of young people who have neither access to schools or access to work and in that vacuum I think it’s easier to be a little bit more sympathetic about some of the choices that these young people make.”