Something I’ve considered for some time. It would be incredibly costly to resources and human life to employ a scorched earth policy on cartels. However, it might be reasonable to argue that they’d appreciate not having to worry about feds taking down their operations. So what if we worked with the local governments to give them the option and training to become legitimate businesses? A drug cartel could become a proper manufacturer of medicine. They think narcotics make them rich but producing life saving medicines that can be sold across the planet would make them wealthy.
This effort would also cost resources but the result would reduce costs involved in trafficking and illegal immigration as the main driving force of illegal immigration is fear. They run for the border because it might work out but staying put is a death sentence. If the cartels are suddenly law abiding businesses you then slash the number of persons running for the border.
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