Drugs in U.S.
How have drugs in Latin American countries influenced the United States? It has come to my attention that Latin countries have influenced the United States in a dismal way because Cartels are finding more and more ways to sneak drugs into the U.S. and this unfortunately increases negative stereotypes towards Latinos.
SNEAKING OF DRUG
Over time Cartels have found clever ways to sneak drugs into the US. Mike Lasusa wrote an article about five clever ways people sneak in drugs into the US. To begin, I read this article and it talks about five different clever ways Cartels smuggle drug into the US. Lasusa says ¨The drugs are usually hidden in commercial or passenger vehicles transiting official checkpoints. But in recent years, crime groups have begun to experiment with a wide range of innovative methods for moving illicit cargo past one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders and into the most lucrative drug market¨ (Lasusa). This is significant because itś influencing the U.S in a dismal way. This is important because more youth will get involved with drugs. Nowadays you 15-18 year olds doing all theses types of drugs such as (xanax, marijuana, cocaine,). All these drugs can influence anyone into trying them, getting addicted, and maybe even overdosing. In 2017 this rapper (lil peep) overdosed on xanax because they were linked with fentanyl. Moreover, I interviewed a fellow community member, Angel Vazquez, and heś been living with his mom in Oakland his whole life. Has divorced parents, and had it hard growing up in Oakland. He says ¨ I mean I had it tough growing up in oakland, I live in a very dangerous part of Oakland more known like Deep East Oakland. I’ve had some encounters with drugs in my life. I’ve seen people sell drugs outside my house, I see people doing drugs, I’ve heard people get killed for drugs. Things a kid shouldn’t see¨ (Vazquez). This is signiant because this community member went through alot of stuff because of drugs. This is showing that my thesis is correct because those drugs might come to latin countries.
INCREASE OF STEREOTYPES
Secondly, because of cartels there is more negative stereotypes of latinos. To begin, I interviewed two fellow community members of Oakland. The first person I interviewed was born in Mexico but came to the U.S to have a better life and to give her kids a better life. This woman’s name was Yazmin Calderon. She said” living in Mexico half of my life was full of violence because of the wars between Cartels and the police. I’ve been stereotyped so many times they say my husband is a Narco because I ride in a nice car, they say this because of the shoes I wear, what my kids wear” (Calderon). This is significant because her husband might have worked very hard for what he has now, the job he has now. Not having papers might have made him work even harder for what he has now. Moreover, I interviewed another member of Oakland community. I interviewed a man named Luis Armando Granados. He said “ coming from mexico having no papers or documents it was my best option. I used to sell drugs in Mami and went to jail for 3 years. This made the stereotypes they say about my race somewhat true. That’s why I left that life behind me ”(grandos). This is significant it refers back to my thesis. This is important because he is releasing from his mistakes and he is releasing that if he continues doing that he is not proving those stereotypes wrong.
Some might say that the stereotype of drugs with latinos isn’t the most important one. People say the most important stereotype that people should fix before the drug one is “ all latinos are undocumented”. I read an article on hispanics and this stereotype about how all latinos are undocumented it says “ A considerable number of Americans believe that Latinos are all recent immigrants to the U.S. and that unauthorized migrants to the country exclusively come from Mexico. Others believe that Hispanics all speak Spanish and have the same ethnic traits.
In fact, Latinos are a more diverse group than the public generally recognizes.
Some Hispanics are white. Others are black. Some speak English only. Others speak indigenous languages. This overview breaks down the stereotypes (Thought.co). This is significant because this issue should be solved and should not be a stereotype. As said in the quote some latin americans might be white or might be black not all are from mexico.
In conclusion, how has drugs from latin countries influenced the U.S. It has come to my attention that cartels are finding more and more ways to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Also there is more negative stereotypes of latin american and drugs.
Lasusa, Mike . “5 Clever Ways Mexico Cartels Move Drugs Across US Border.” Crime, 20 Sept. 2017, www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/5-clever-ways-mexico-cartels-move-drugs-over-us-border/. I site this source because different cartels have smuggled drugs into the US with clever ways ton doing it. This source is credible because it a foundation dedicated towards crimes in latin america.
Vazquez , Angel. “Drug interview.” 3 Jan. 2018.
I interviewed Angel to get to know his life experiences on his connection to drugs. Vazquez’s lives in a pretty bad neighborhood in Deep East Oakland. Vazquez is credible because he has life experiences on drugs.
Calderon, Yazmin. “Drug interview.” 28 Dec. 2017.
I interviewed this woman to find out a little bit more about drugs and its influence in Oakland. Calderon used to live in Mexico and now lives in the US. Calderon is credible because she has life experiences on the drug trade in Mexico to US.
Granados, Luis Armando. “Drug interview.” 28 Dec. 2017.
I interviewed Luis Armando Granados to find out about his experiences with drugs in Oakland. Grandos used to live in Mami and had life experiences with being a dealer and also getting incarcerated . Granados is credible because he has life experiences with this topic.
Nittle, Nadra Kareem. “Myths and Stereotypes About Hispanics and Immigration.” ThoughtCo,
www.thoughtco.com/hispanics-and-immigration-myths-stereotypes-2834527. This source is credible because its a organization on latin americans.I sited this source because it talks about the effect on undocumented mexicans and immigration.Tags: #Life Academy #drugs #Oakland
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