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Why building the wall will increase drug crime

Why building the wall will increase drug crime

One of the primary reasons given by the Trump administration for building a wall on the southern border with Mexico is to reduce the flow of illicit drugs — and drug gangs — into the U.S. This in turn will supposedly reduce the violence and crime associated with the illicit drug trade. Such optimism flies in the face of the past 45 years of experience.

The iron laws of supply and demand explain why this "battle" in the war on drugs, like so many others, is doomed to fail. Whenever the government announces a major victory in its war on drugs, with television images of huge quantities of illegal, confiscated drugs and drug kingpins perp-walked to prison, the immediate effect...