With the increase in Border Patrol Guards, Police and National Guardsmen along the southern border of the United States of America, Mexican Smugglers
of all kinds are increasing the incidents of bribery in order to maintain "business as usual."
EL PASO, Texas — Bribery of federal and local officials by Mexican smugglers is rising sharply, and with it the fear that a culture of corruption
is taking hold along the 2,000-mile border from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego.
At least 200 public employees have been charged with helping to move narcotics or illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border since 2004, at
least double the illicit activity documented in prior years, a Los Angeles Times examination of public records has found. Thousands more are under
Criminal charges have been brought against Border Patrol agents, local police, a county sheriff, motor-vehicle clerks, an FBI supervisor, immigration
examiners, prison guards, school-district officials and uniformed personnel of every branch of the U.S. military, among others. The vast majority have
pleaded guilty or been convicted.
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Who will police the Police? The rampant influence of the Mexican Drug Lords and other smugglers along the borders should be treated as acts of war.
The number of Agents along the borders that take bribes is out of control and the costs of these internal investigations are rising every day.
What happened to the "War on Drugs"?
Drug Lords should be considered enemy combatants and those that serve them their Soldiers. Those that serve them who are acting in an official Law
Enforcement capacity should be charged as Traitors and all proper penalties should be applied. No 'backroom negotiations' should be allowed between
Prosecution and Defense either, bring them to Court on ALL charges and then, after they are convicted, hang them high at the border.
I don't think the US is ready for legalization, esp. for anything harder than marijuana. But this problem has enormous potential to turn into a major
issue. The corruption and murder rampant in Mexico that is related to the drug trade could spread over to this side of the border.
It's one thing to refuse a bribe, quite another when the lives of an agent and his family are threatened.
Corruption and murder are related to the illegal drug trade. If the drug trade was regulated, say as alcohol is, gangs and cartels would not be
fighting over drug smuggling routes. That should end most of the violence both in the U.S. and in Mexico. However this may cause the price of
smuggling humans to skyrocket as these groups would still be looking for an income.
No need to regulate. Just legalize marijuana. This alone will deny billions of dollars to criminal organizations large and small. The government
does not need to be in the marijuana business. Those who want it will grow it and the criminal organizations will dry up and disappear.
A lack of regulation will play into the hands of prohibitionists. Irresponsible people will continue to sell to minors. Not that irresponsible people
wont sell to minors with regulation but the slighty more responsible people will not. Controls on quality will not be observed. Criminal organizations
already have an infistructure and will continue to control the trade. Non-criminal entities will be bullied out by the violent groups who still want
to secure their profits. And if only marijuana was made legal, there is still an abundant illegal drug trade in operation. To end the crime, all drugs
would need to be regulated.
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