Latin America

Trump and Biden ignore how war on drugs fuels violence in Latin America

Drugs and immigration have been issues during this year's U.S. election, but neither candidate has made the link between the two

Drugs and immigration have been issues during this year's U.S. election, but neither candidate has made the link between the two
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On the final stretch of the U.S. presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Joe Biden acknowledged the harmful effects the war on drugs has had on racial minorities in the country, due to incarceration and police violence. He even suggested that decriminalizing cocaine for personal use could be a solution.

But when the debate turned to immigration, both candidates followed familiar lines. Mr. Biden focused on the innocent children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, incumbent Donald Trump focused on the “coyotes” — illegally migrant smugglers — and drug cartels.

Neither made the link between immigration and the drug...

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