Hire more dogs

Rather than a border wall and/or more border agents, the US should hire/purchase more drug-sniffing dogs to search for hidden drugs. The most recent discovery of hidden fentanyl was aided by a drug sniffing dog. More dogs would be a better, cheaper solution to the organized drug smuggling on our southern border.

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Dreamland

Dreamland, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones published in 2015. Opiates are prescribed legally for pain. From opiates which are addictive, users move on to heroin which arrives mostly from growers in Mexico. The drugs are smuggled into the US in vehicles crossing at legal checkpoints and concealed in goods imported legally. Some is imported through tunnels. Walls will not stop the tide of drugs.

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Prison reform part 2

I support prison reform so that prisoners serve shorter terms and are treated more humanely as they are in some countries such as Norway. That is why I support one person, one vote. The concerns and welfare of people who lack the franchise can be and are ignored. Just imagine if prisoners could vote. Politicians would be compelled to seek their votes and ensure humane treatment of those who are incarcerated. The treatment of immigrants can be explained, in part, by their inability to vote.

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Boondoggle

Midnight in Mexico, A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness by Alfredo Corchado published in 2013. A wall on our southern border is a boondoggle, designed to enrich a few contractors. It will slow the flow of poor Mexican immigrants seeking work and do nothing to stop the drug cartels that import drugs and violence into the US. There is too much corruption along the border to be stopped by a wall.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Born October 13, 1958
Died October 2, 2018
Trusted his life
To the word of a tyrant
Tyrants can’t be trusted
Mohammad Bin Salman
Sensitive to criticism
Ordered his silence
Saudi assassins obeyed
Now five or more Saudis
Face death themselves
To ensure their silence
Trust not the word of a tyrant
Lest you die on his behalf
Jamal Khashoggi
R. I. P.

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