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November 1, 2014

Congressman: American Drug Use Fueling Immigration Crisis

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Gutierrez, shown here at a recent immigration rally, said America’s drug trade is  fueling the surge of children and women crossing the southern border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said Monday the U.S. has a responsibility to care for the women and children surging across southern border because American drug use has fueled the rise of violent cartels in Central America.

Gutiérrez, who has led efforts in the House to bring Republicans and his fellow Democrats together on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, said those calling for deportation of the recent immigrants should be ashamed.

“Shame on people for simply ignoring the law to score cheap political points against children and minors arriving in the Unites States of America,” the Illinois Democrat said in an appearance on MSNBC.

“I think we have a great responsibility in the debilitating of those countries,” Gutiérrez said. “How do the drug cartels maintain their power? With American guns. Bought with American dollars because of American consumption of the drugs. The drugs don’t stay in Honduras … they come straight to the streets of the United States of America.”

Gutiérrez’s comments came as Republican congressmen, including Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, are urging the White House to step up deportation proceedings against the flood of Central Americans who have strained resources along the Texas border.


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  • erick

    The illegal narcotics trade prospers because the banking system needs the laundered drug money for the banks have liquidity. Selling drugs to your kids in school is a critical part of the bankers strategy.

  • DaMav

    Shame be upon those who exploit children, subjecting them to death, disease, and rape to try and get their Amnesty bill passed.

  • Bklynnygirl

    Gutiérrez said. “How do the drug cartels maintain their power? With American guns. Bought with American dollars because of American consumption of the drugs. The drugs don’t stay in Honduras … they come straight to the streets of the United States of America.”

    The guns were given to them by Obama’s DOJ Eric “the red” Holder.
    Fast & Furious ring a bell Louie.
    How does the drugs get to the streets in America?
    With the Presidents permission of course.
    Otherwise he would secure the border.

  • Deserttrek

    sorry luis i do not nor does any citizen have a responsibility to anybody from another country or ANY ILLEGAL ALIEN … us your wallet and your house pando, otherwise F you

  • Goldcoaster

    “Shame on people for simply ignoring the law………..
    ah, what? the only law being ignored is not deporting them ASAP.

  • Dirjj

    “Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said Monday the U.S. has a responsibility to care for the women and children surging across southern border because American drug use has fueled the rise of violent cartels in Central America.” – And who are the drug users? Democrat voters. Who are the advocates for legalizing drugs? Democrat Voters. Its the same thing with marriage. The Libs love to point to the amount of divorces, Well, who are the one’s getting divorced all the time? Libs. Example? Look at Hollywood. Those morons get married and divorced as if they’re just dating.

    • Jim Reilley

      Sure, no Republicans have or ever will do drugs….or get divorced.
      ????

  • 300gr3150fps

    This guy needs a toilet plunger on his face.

  • Jim Reilley

    He’s correct in that our drug sales do fund the warring factions that drive the immigration. However, that drug use is not legal or socially accepted & our govt & private citizens do a lot to fight it. The majority, non-drug using Americans, are not going to cover financially for those Americans that use illegal drugs.

    Nice try but whether you’re a baby or a senior, if you are here illegally you have to be deported whether our nation contributes to it or not.

  • Synchronized

    I do not do drugs, so why should I pay the price for the illegals’ cost of prison, police, healthcare, schools, crime, etc.?

  • Derrick Schnur

    Rep. Louis V. Gutierrez has hit his head. Then let him support the immigrants since he’s so rich. I would speed up shipping them out. If the problem keeps up then change tactics and begin executions. It is not the responsibility of the U.S. to care for these people (kids or adults). The problem of violence in their country has little to do with drugs coming to the U.S. In case you have not noticed, prescription pills such as Percoset is the main drug of abuse, and it comes from pharmaceutical companies, not from central America. They only supply us Cocaine for which the use of is down considerably. It is because the demand has gone down that has fueled violence in their country, because they cannot make the money they were making prior to now, and that makes competition stiff. Trust me, I know more about this issue than any congressman!

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Senator John Boehner, and his republican cohorts in the senate, are directly responsible for the three million unemployed families, STILL without an extension of benefits since late last December. They have single handedly pushed these families into further financial ruin and deep poverty, over these last six months, without an extension bill. While they fought vigorously on behalf of the Koch brother’s oil pipeline bill, they totally disregarded the suffering of these families. While congress approved billions of dollars in aid for the Ukraine, and more money set aside for the defense of Europe, these American families were left hung out to dry. Recently more money is requested to support the illegal migrant children pouring undisrupted into our country, at the border. The president is planning on assisting these children with tax payer’s dollars. While this is commemorated, what about the three million unemployed Americans that have been forgotten about, who are still in a desperate financial situation, in our own country? Why are our poor and unemployed never a priority to our own government?

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