Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico (Cinco Puntos Checkpoint Series)

By Beto O'Rourke

The conflict on medicinal drugs doesn’t paintings. This grew to become noticeable to El Paso urban Representatives Susie Byrd and Beto O’Rourke once they began to ask questions about why El Paso’s sister urban Ciudad Juárez has turn into the deadliest urban within the world—8,000-plus deaths because January 1, 2008. Byrd and O’Rourke quickly discovered American drug use and usa' failed battle on medicines are on the center of challenge. In Dealing demise and Drugs — a ebook written for the overall reader — they discover the prices and effects of marijuana prohibition. They argue that marijuana prohibition has created a black marketplace so ecocnomic that drug kingpins are billionaires and drug keep an eye on doesn’t stand an opportunity. utilizing Juárez as their concentration, they describe the enterprise version of drug trafficking and clarify why this illicit approach has ended in the unending slaughter of humans. Their place: the single rational replacement to the battle on medications is to finish to the present prohibition on marijuana.

"If Washington won’t do something diverse, if Mexico urban won’t do something varied, then it truly is as much as us — the electorate of the border who comprehend the futility and tragedy of this present coverage first hand — to guide the way." — from the Afterword

A component to the proceeds from the sale of Dealing dying and Drugs can be donated to Centro Santa Catalina, a faith-based group in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, based in 1996 through Dominican Sisters for the non secular, academic and monetary empowerment of economically terrible ladies and for the welfare in their families.

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Raul Xazziel Ramirez-Ramirez was once seven years outdated whilst he used to be killed in Juárez. He lived his brief lifestyles there and in El Paso, certainly one of millions of actual fronterizos whose lives outline the fluid nature of citizenship and nationality at the U. S. /Mexico border. The towns are halves of 1, huge binational city. and other people, regardless of the border partitions and hard customs inspections on the ports of access, nonetheless flow fairly freely among the 2 aspects. an identical yr Raul used to be killed, 7 million pedestrians and autos crossed the foreign bridges that sign up for the 2 towns. This regardless of 2009 being at that time the main violent 12 months within the heritage of the area. The dynamics are consistent whatever the violence. Juarenses come north to buy (spending on the subject of $1. five billion every year in El Paso), to paintings and to go to friends and family. Then, for the main half, they return domestic. El Pasoans move to the south, simply now not as usually as they used to. Now it really is mostly restricted to people who personal small companies in Juárez or paintings in the huge maquila that dominates the legitimate economic climate of Juárez. Many young ones depart their instant kinfolk in Juárez to wait institution in El Paso whereas staying with a relative. Raul stayed together with his aunt in the course of the university week and attended Glen Cove uncomplicated in east El Paso. The evening he used to be killed—November thirteen, 2009—was a Friday, and Raul used to be again in his place of origin, his dad riding the 2 of them during the Anapra local, one of many poorest in Juárez, overlooking the Rio Grande, which varieties the political boundary among the 2 nations. no matter what they have been conversing about—Raul’s grades, how he was once liking existence in El Paso, the motion picture he desired to see that weekend—was brutally interrupted as their automobile was once approached via one other. Gunmen contained in the moment automobile opened hearth, the bullets ripping via glass and steel and into his father’s head and chest, killing him as he sat subsequent to his son. As their white Suzuki rolled to a cease in the course of what's often a hectic site visitors circle, Raul opened the door and ran for his existence. The gunmen had stopped their automobile besides, and after confirming that his father used to be lifeless, pursued Raul and shot him with a nine mm gun, the bullets touchdown squarely in his again. He fell to the floor, crawling clear of the gunmen ahead of loss of life a couple of hundred ft from El Paso. 1000s of kids like Raul were murdered in Juárez because Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared battle on prepared crime gangs in 2008. a few have been killed as they attempted to escape; others have been strangled or shot to loss of life as they slept. We imagine they weren't the first ambitions; their fathers, moms, aunts, uncles, older cousins and kinfolk have been. yet their deaths weren't incidental. Their urban is now the deadliest on this planet, and has carried this infamous contrast drawing close 3 years in a row. In 2009, the 2,754 murders ended in a expense of a hundred sixty five murdered according to 100,000 citizens. In 2010, it rose to 2 hundred humans according to 100,000 citizens as overall killings elevated and the variety of citizens within the urban reduced through tens of millions.

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