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Build a Wall… to Keep out Drug-Hauling Americans?

Fearmongering Republicans like Kristi Noem like to scapegoat undocumented immigrants as drug-hauling menaces. But it looks like America is getting more of its illegal foreign drugs from Americans:

U.S. citizens were apprehended nearly seven times more often than Mexican citizens between October 2020 and March 31 for trying to smuggle drugs in vehicles, U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows. In the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, Americans were caught roughly twice as often as Mexicans.

…Most illegal drugs in the U.S., particularly narcotics, enter at the southern border. Americans are critical to these operations, trafficking experts say.

…U.S. citizens had been apprehended about 2,400 times by late March for drug smuggling during inspections of vehicles crossing those checkpoints. In comparison, just 361 such apprehensions during the same period involved Mexican citizens, who are generally second — behind Americans — for drug trafficking arrests at ports of entry [Suman Naishadham, “More US Citizens Apprehended for Moving Drugs over Border,” AP, 2021.05.31].

Call me when you’re an American,” Governor Noem cried in April. That also appears to be what the drug cartels are saying when they recruit their mules. So what good would a border wall do when our own people, American citizens, can wave their documents and drive their dope right through the gates?


  1. Nix 2021-06-03 07:41

    The only Dope going through gates
    in South Dakota is the Dope Queen of Delusion arriving at the Governors mansion in Pierre.

  2. cibvet 2021-06-03 08:38

    The drugs from Mexico would not be coming here if Americans would stop using them. Also noteworthy, it is not Mexicans buying firearms and ammo here, but Americans and then hauling them across the border for sale. Fix the first problem, second problem disappears.

  3. Eve Fisher 2021-06-03 12:38

    It’s called “collaboration”. Americans are very good at it. Collaborate with some one/group/country to make a ton of money, and then blame the one/group./country for what’s wrong with us.

  4. Jake 2021-06-04 07:43

    Eve, that seems to be the “Republican” anti-democracy way!

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