Accuracy in Media

Alice Driver of CNN wrote a piece headlined, “Trump’s Mexico wall would be a gift to the drug cartels.” Driver claimed drug smugglers and cartels would like to have a border wall between America and Mexico because it is an archaic symbol, one they could easily smuggle goods across.

Some of the facts that Driver presents appear to be valid:

According to a 2015 report by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, 95% of drugs coming into the US were entering via container ships and other vessels.
In addition to drones and submarines, drug dealers and human traffickers rely on the trucking industry to move drugs and people via the 52 legal crossing points along the US border. In July, eight dead migrants were discovered inside a tractor-trailer parked in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, while two more died at the hospital and dozens were injured. The incredible quantities of money generated by smuggling are often used to grease the palms of border agents and others who inspect vehicles entering the US.

But even with these claims and statistics, the article never asserts the importance of maintaining borders with regard to national sovereignty. The article focused on smuggling methodology rather than attacking the philosophy behind a border wall.

Time will tell whether a border wall will be constructed or improved and whether drug cartels will adjust to the reality of a  bigger border wall.





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