Edna Salinas Mr. Clark Owen English 1301.07 February 2, 2015 Illegal Immigration Crime There is an ongoing debate in today’s world about whether immigration is helpful or detrimental to a country. Some claim illegal immigrants should be treated as criminals because illegal activity should be punished not rewarded. While others claim being out of status is not a criminal offense. The United States welcomes and accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than the rest of the world combined. For some, the use of the term illegal alien is likely based on a misconception that an immigrant’s very presence in the United States is a criminal violation of the law (Briney).
The Impact of Drugs on the criminal justice System The smuggling, distribution, and use of drugs in the United States have a considerable impact on the criminal justice system and its counterparts. Drug use has become one of the main factors for the increase in crime. Individuals that use drugs provide a demand for a product that is illegally marketed. In turn, the public demand for illegal drugs has influenced drug cartels to smuggle drugs into the United States to be sold to lower income and under developed communities. The distribution and use of drugs has led to an increase in arrest and conviction of individuals under economic strain.
Not only are these crimes becoming violent and involving money, guns, and sex, but also murder. Financing these activities exceed national levels of debt; Worldometers real time world statistics reports that $329,576,150,900 and counting have been spent on illegal drugs this year (Worldometers Statistics, 2012) The amplitude of this problem has become out of reach for our neighbors, state and local drug agencies, Federal Drug Enforcement, national and transnational Security this problem has to be regulated, enforced
Cloward and Ohlin argue, that the majority of criminals involved in the drugs trade were unable to succeed within capitalism and were driven to an illegitimate means of obtaining wealth. Cloward and Ohlin further argued that as people were driven into this illegitimate structure they tended to join existing deviant subcultures i.e. the drug subculture as in the case of the drugs trade. The theory does well to explain many crimes of the working class as they are unable to succeed in a society driven by middle class values, however Cloward and Ohlin’s subcultural theory fails to explain the crimes of the powerful whom already have achieved economic wealth through legitimate means. Furthermore the theory
With their sophistication, they can undoubtedly strike a more decicive and devastiating blow than any other weapon or firearm that one can legally purchase. With such powerful weapons, the problem of these “life-enders” falling into the wrong hands is unavoidable. Criminals in possession of weapons that will give them a fighting chance against the law enforcement officers will only make things difficult for the good guys. In the article “This Is Gun Country: The International Implications of U.S Gun Control Policy”, Laura Mahalko shed some light on the implications of how high powered weaponry are used by criminals. She states “Mexican drug trafficking organizations are the largest providers of illicit drugs to the United States.
Many organized crimes have evolved from illegal immigrants, not to mention the bridge that has enabled cross-border terrorism. Having participants on both sides of the border give better intelligence to form many terrorist attacks within this country. “International fraud, money laundering and other economic crimes (particularly carried out via the Internet) are a growing problem, and one that can be expected to spread.” (Cetron & Davies, 2008) The increasing levels of cross-national crimes will raise the amount it costs for an investigation. This makes fighting these crimes significantly more expensive. There is suspicion that these immigrants will start to impose hate crimes within this
They help the illegal immigrants in crossing the borders for money and financial issues. It is extremely dangerous and trafficking usually involves physical force as well as deception to transport immigrants. There are many large groups that smuggle immigrants into the United States and they are very well known. The illegal immigrants take jobs from other U.S. citizens that are in need and continue to burden the social services. I think it shows that we do not care that much about trying to control the borders and prevent this from happening.
The U.S. Border Patrol Abstract The Mexican border poses a significant threat to the United States from international terrorism, drug and gun smuggling, and undocumented aliens. With the high number of drugs being smuggled from Mexico into the United States Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States are maxed out with the use of their resources to interdict the drugs before they are sold or used on the streets. The drugs that are interdicted are just a fraction of what actually makes it across the border. One specific threat is the profits from drug sales end up funding or supporting terror groups or individuals. Another issue that is very alarming is the Jihadist materials found along the Mexico/U.S.
(Swanson, 2006 body A Para. 2)” With the growing problem drug dealers have been able to get around our national security and smuggle illegal drugs into our nation and plague our communities. “Use of and trafficking in illegal drugs is a problem of international scale. The United States is especially familiar with the world drug problem: consumption of illegal drugs in the United States is measured in metric tons, 6 and current budget allocations aimed at curbing drug use and trafficking exceed $12 billion (Swanson 2006) “. Over a half of century the United States has seen a dramatic increase of different types of drugs making its way into the nations streets, these different type of drugs include but are not limited to marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and more.