In an effort to scare its youth away from drugs, the Mexican government is using scenes of drug addicts in a major U.S. city. The Spanish-language video starts with young people doing drugs at a party, then morphs to the scene of addicts stoned out of their minds, strung out on the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
FOX29 in Philly reports the video spots never identify the city or neighborhood shown – but radio talk-show host Jeff Crank says the Mexican government could have used any number of inner cities in the U.S. … Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
The U.S., he points out, has spent an estimated trillion dollars over the years in the war on drugs – for nothing. "There are many people who believe that the war on drugs has been a failure and [that] it's just incarcerated people and things like that, not giving them the help that they need," he tells AFN.
In Crank's opinion, major U.S. cities have become "Third World cesspools," partly because of the Biden administration's lack of a border policy.
"It is interesting that Mexico would be using those kinds of [images] because many of the drugs that are afflicting our neighborhoods are coming from Mexico and south of the border," he offers.
"Facts just show us that we've had a porous border over the last several years – and drugs coming across that border are up, people coming across that border are up; that's kind of indisputable. And the more drugs there are, the more people who are going to be using."
The Colorado Springs-based radio host argues that a secure border would go a long way toward solving the problem, but that neither the U.S. nor Mexico have the political will to do what needs to be done.
"If we're going to get serious about this and stop the flow of this stuff, [both countries] need to step up," he concludes, "and our borders are going to be something that we're going to enforce."