• Thank you kris with a k for replying back to my blog on drugs in the us. thank you for agreeing with me and i hope to read some blogs or articles you might write in the future. Have an amazing day you might be across the world no one knows. Sinclery, joshua

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    Thank you for making me read your work. I am impressed with your blog behind immigrants. One sentence that stood out to me the most was “This is explaining how immigrants have the fear to get deported and that immigrants have rights too and they should not fear. It also shows that immigrants can be silent and let other people of h…[Read more]

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  • Joshua wrote a new post, Drugs in the U.S 1 month ago

    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

    • Dear Joshua,

      I appreciate you for sharing your work. I really liked the way your interviews tied in with your counter argument, because it showed how it is not easy to be a latino that is being heavily stereotyped because of what they look like or if they act differently. Selling drugs is heavily related with from Central American decent so if you have something nice they think you sell drugs or earn money illegally. Being undocumented in the United States is not easy, it really affects what you can and can not do, especially when you are being stereotyped with something like this.

      • Thank you kris with a k for replying back to my blog on drugs in the us. thank you for agreeing with me and i hope to read some blogs or articles you might write in the future. Have an amazing day you might be across the world no one knows. Sinclery, joshua

    • After reading your post, I agree that Latin countries have influenced the United States in a dismal way because Cartels are finding more and more ways to sneak drugs and this unfortunately increases negative stereotypes towards Latinos.

      To begin with, due to the cause of cartels there is more negative stereotypes of latinos. One evidence that shows this is true is because there has been an interview about this woman saying “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.” (1). This shows that just because this woman spent half of her life in Mexico she and her husband have been stereotyped for being Cartels since her family has nice clothes or a car or what her kids wear. To add on during Donald Trump campaign he said that all mexicans are criminals and “rapists” cause of the MS-13, which is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California,US in the 1960s. (2). This shows that Donald Trump believes that all Mexicans are terrible people just because of other latinos that have sold drugs and killed or harmed people.

      Secondly, Cartels have found clever ways to sneak in drugs into the U.S. I know this because the first “narco tunnel” from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1990 was discovered which ran 273 feet from a magnificent house in Mexico, Agua Prieta to Arizona and it was equipped with a drainage system, electric lighting and a trolley to more the drugs. (3). To add on, drug dealers/cartels used drones to sneak in drugs and two men got arrested for receiving 28 pounds of heroin that was flown across the border of Mexico by a drone. (4). This shows that drug dealers do anything to find a way to sell and sneak in drugs into the U.S.

      Lastly,there are stereotypes that people think that “all latinos are undocumented”. To prove this is is true according to The Pew Hispanic Research Center have found that illegal immigration from Mexico has been declined.In 2007 an estimate of 7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the United States but after three years the number dropped to 6.5 million. (5). Also by 2010 Mexicans comprised 58% of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and unauthorized immigrants from elsewhere in Latin America 23% of the undocumented population followed by Asia,Europe, Canada and Africa. (6).

      I believe that all latinos and latinas are different not all the same. Just because some latinos have done terrible things it doesn’t mean that all latinos are the same.

    • After reading your post, I agree with you that drugs in the United States is a big deal, But the real problem is the gangs selling them and killing for them, that’s the issue, According to the FBI they say “There are over 1.4 million gang members throughout the U.S. and over 33,000 violent street gangs”(1). Drug usage throughout the last few years has been a huge problem According to CNN in this text that “Over 22 million Americans have used illegal drugs and marijuana use has spiked to a whopping 17 million users”(2), Although it cannot kill you that doesn’t mean you can’t be arrested or killed over it.

      People buying these drugs in the use are at very high risk of an overdose or just straight up ruining their life and future.
      Over 570,000 people in 2016 died from excessive drug use, instead of doing drugs people should really just find a hobby that won’t kill you. In 2016 more people died from overdosing on illegal drugs than the Vietnam war(3). After an interview with my favorite teacher Ms.Andresen she stated this,“When my sister was on drugs she lost her home all her money and the people she loved, Drugs changed her a lot”.

      Every year there is so many deaths from gang violence in the U.S. and Puerto Rico this can affect the families or close friends of these gang members. 80% of gun homicides in the U.S. were gang related in 2016 (4) That means that most people who are killed every year is related to a gang, Drugs are so easy to access maybe if we didn’t make it as easy as buying it in a store than less people would end up hurt. You may say Chicago is known for Navy pier or its towering skyscrapers but what I think of is gang violence, in 2016 762 people were killed in just the city and those numbers doubled since 2015 (5).

      Thank you for taking the time to read my comment and thank you for helping spread awareness of these horrible issues we are having in our country.

    • After reading your I agree that drugs influence the U.S and kids. Drugs do influence the U.S and the youth. Firstly, drugs can influence someone’s action from who ever uses them, in an article about cocaine effects it stated ¨Drugs that are psychoactive are, such as cannabis, alcohol. Ecstasy and heroin , have the ability to affect you mood¨ (1) this shows how how people mood starts to change when they start taking drugs and how most of the drugs used by teenagers have mood changes after they start taking them. Secondly another quote from a text is ¨Most people who use cocaine whether they snort it or smoke it in its crack form- focus so heavily on these side effects that they do not consider the serious mood changes they will more likely undergo soon after they begin to abuse the drugs¨ (2) this shows how people mood starts to change once they start to take the drug and the author of this quote used cocaine as an example.

      My second reason is youth will get more involved with drugs, one piece of evidence I have is ¨Research shows that drug use often starts in the teen years¨ (3) this evidence shows how researchers found how drug users started out in their teen years because drugs affect your brain differently when your younger. I think that teen who take drugs start lose connection with their family and hang out more around with their friends who also do the drug.

      Finally my last reason is drugs change the way the youth acts. I found some quotes and evidence that prove my reason and are connected ¨Doing drugs can also cause problems with friends, in sports, and in school.¨(4) this tells me that not only do drugs change the way the youth acts but also can cause some problems with school academically. I think that drugs will only make things harder in life as when this quote told me that drugs make it hard to do school work and have friends.

    • After reading your post, I agree that Latin American countries have influenced the United States because the drugs brought into the U.S lead to addiction, Illegal drugs lead to gang violence, and many lives have been taken from Illegal drugs.

      To begin with, illegal drugs that are brought in lead to addiction. In the U.S about “23.5 million americans are addicted to illegal drugs”(1) that were brought in by latin americans. This shows that many people are addicted to them and they can’t stop. I think that this is the main reason why drugs are bad because they are addictive and people are too attached to them which could affect people’s health and life. In 2011 approximately “20.6 million people in the U.S at the age of 12 have an addiction.”(2) This is saying that 20.6 million kids are smoking and could be getting affected by it. This shocks me because a lot of underaged kids are doing drugs.

      Secondly, illegal drugs lead to gang violence. In Fort Worth, Texas, “a 19-year-old gang member was sentenced 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a childhood friend for wanting to leave their local street gang.”(3) This shows that drugs lead to gang members being aggressive and even killing people they know well. When I read this i was surprised because he just killed his childhood friend that he’s know his whole life just because he wanted to leave his street gang. Also “Large street gangs readily employ violence to control and expand drug distribution activities, targeting rival gangs and dealers who neglect or refuse to pay extortion fees.”(4) This evidence shows that gangs will be violent because of drugs.This is crazy because gang members will go this far and want to kill people just because of drugs.

      My last reason is that many lives have been taken as a result of illegal drugs. In the U.S about “570,000 people die annually due to drug use.”(5) This shows that many peoples lives are taken each year because of drugs.This is sad because 570,000 people die because of how bad drugs are and how it affects them. Also “100 people die everyday from drug overdoses”(6)and it has tripled from the past 20 years. That evidence is showing that there are a lot of people dying day by day because of drugs and that number has risen over the past 20 years. This is bad because in one day 100 people die from overdoses because they are so addicted to drugs. My last piece of evidence is that, “323 people have died in chicago gang violence.”(7) This shows that so far many people have died in gang violence in chicago and it could be because of drugs.This is horrible because they year just started and already 323 people have died because of gang violence.

      Overall, drugs are bad because it affects people in many different ways. Also because Latin American countries influenced the U.S and now many people in the U.S are changing due to drugs.

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