The Conservative former President of Mexico says the "war" on drugs is a failure
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The Conservative former Mexican President Vicente Fox spoke this week at the Sacramento, California Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's annual speakers forum.
Fox called for immigration reform and the legalization of drugs in the United States to blunt the influence of Mexican drug cartels and the related violence that he said has killed 80,000 people, many of them under 25, in the past five years reports the Sacramento Bee.
Because so many young people in Mexico don't get college educations and can't find good jobs, "those kids went and joined the cartels for $500 a month," Fox said.
In Mexico, it's illegal to sell drugs, but not to consume them. "After 10 years of legalization, we've learned that kids don't go crazy" using drugs, Fox said.
George Shultz and Vicente Fox on Ending the War on Drugs
This video was presented at the Cato Institute's conference, "Ending the Global War on Drugs." Former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Mexican president Vicente Fox present their thoughts on the War on Drugs and its consequences.
If the United States legalized drugs and reduced demand, he argued, there would be less violence in Mexico because fewer drugs would be shipped through the country.
Mexico is losing a lot of tourism and foreign investment due to the drug wars, but there's good news, too, Fox said. The country has a growing manufacturing sector, "over 70 percent of the people are middle class, and Mexico buys over $250 billion a year from the U.S. and accounts for millions of jobs for U.S. citizens."
Fox doesn't favor open borders, but he does support a regulated guest worker program, noting that as the U.S. population get older, younger Mexican workers could fill the jobs. Instead of building a wall at the border, "why not build bridges?" he asked.
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