DPA Statement:Trump to Use Drug Law Enforcement Funding to Build His Wall

Press Release February 15, 2019
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Jag Davies 212-613-8035

Media reports today indicate that President Trump plans to use drug law enforcement money to help pay for his border wall.

Below is a statement from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance

“While Trump is drawing from failed drug war programs to fund the wall, this is not a moment to applaud. The administration’s obsession with building a border wall to stop drugs from flowing into the US is wrong-headed and wasteful. The US has spent decades trying to stop drugs through over-policing, walls, prisons, and large-scale deportations for drug offenses, with only devastation to show for it. Those resources would be better spent on programs and infrastructure that treat people with compassion and understanding by offering pathways that allow them to reach their full potential instead of incarcerating them.”



A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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