U.s. Politics, Citizen Safety, And Economy

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The U.S. has been involved in the war on drugs across the U.S. – Mexican border for almost a decade. While the United States has continued to be an active helper in assisting the Mexican government, the level of violence and gang-related deaths are still increasing at an alarming rate. So far, the majority of U.S. involvement has been in the way of money and physical enforcement; both Mexico and our border with them have become heavily militarized in the years since the “war on drugs” was launched. However, this military action doesn’t seem to be having any effect accept to spark intensified revolts and counter-violence by the Mexican cartels. The Mexican security crisis is no longer contained within their borders, and it is beginning to affect U.S politics, citizen safety, and economy. Based on my theoretical analysis, I recommend that:
1. Congress readdresses our militarized approach to security and control in Mexico and focuses on the other aspects of the Merida Initiative, such as modernizing the border and interacting with communities and citizens.
2. The United States should aim its drug policies away from suppression and imprisonment and towards increased funding for preventative and rehabilitative initiatives, with the goal of reducing the drug demand that is supplied by violent crime organizations.

Historical Background:
This problem arose in 2006 when security in Mexico began to deteriorate due to an increase in organized crime. In late 2006, the Mexican
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