war on drugs http://tpr.org en The Source: Federal Clemency Program Could Free Thousands Of Drug Offenders http://tpr.org/post/source-federal-clemency-program-could-free-thousands-drug-offenders <p>The U.S. Department of Justice <a href="http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/dag/speeches/2014/dag-speech-140423.html" target="_blank">announced </a>last week that President Obama wanted to consider additional clemency applications based on a new set of factors that would allow for more just outcomes for nonviolent drug offenders.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:36:15 +0000 Paul Flahive 30917 at http://tpr.org The Source: Federal Clemency Program Could Free Thousands Of Drug Offenders Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs http://tpr.org/post/mennonite-suspect-allegedly-duped-mexicans-smuggling-drugs <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case involving a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico. We take you into the fields of New Mexico where workers are cleaning out an ancient irrigation system. These hand-dug ditches may help retain precious river water in times of drought. Further south, drought is forcing a Mexican city to ration water -- and it's only spring.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:52:31 +0000 Crystal Chavez 29899 at http://tpr.org Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs Leaders At DPS And Texas National Guard Say Border Crime Is Getting Worse http://tpr.org/post/leaders-dps-and-texas-national-guard-say-border-crime-getting-worse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;A select number of Texas senators heard from groups operating along the Texas-Mexico border this week. This group of lawmakers is looking ahead of the 2015 legislative session for the possibility of increasing the state budget for border security.</span></p><p>Lawmakers seated on the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard from Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety,&nbsp;about their operations along the border.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:27:54 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29652 at http://tpr.org At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South http://tpr.org/post/border-drugs-go-north-and-cash-goes-south The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.<p>Once the bundles of U.S. banknotes are delivered to the cartel, the money flows in many directions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 John Burnett 28581 at http://tpr.org At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office http://tpr.org/post/costly-reforms-prevent-racial-profiling-joe-arpaios-office <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: Long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is under a court order to prevent racial profiling. By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet speeds in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:55:51 +0000 Crystal Chavez 25982 at http://tpr.org Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse http://tpr.org/post/what-new-mexico-doing-curb-drug-abuse <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug&nbsp;addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:51:06 +0000 Crystal Chavez 23892 at http://tpr.org What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes http://tpr.org/post/study-shows-texans-support-changing-how-state-punishes-drug-crimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses.</span> The <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/" target="_blank">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a>’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:43:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23256 at http://tpr.org Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties http://tpr.org/post/shutdown-sends-border-patrol-trainees-home-and-may-cause-staffing-difficulties <p>Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in&nbsp;Artesia,&nbsp;New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.</p><p>About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.</p><p>Shawn Moran is the vice president of the <a href="http://www.nbpc.net/" target="_blank">National Border Patrol Council</a> and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:13:02 +0000 Joey Palacios 20010 at http://tpr.org Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas http://tpr.org/post/source-addiction-treatment-providers-feel-squeeze-how-pemex-reform-could-affect-texas <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Addiction has an economic impact of </span><a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science-molecules-to-managed-care/introduction/drug-abuse-costs-united-states-economy-hundreds-billions-dollars-in-increased-health" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">$559 billion</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County it is $1.7 billion.</span></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:03:27 +0000 Paul Flahive 19116 at http://tpr.org The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas Border Drug Series: From Cartel To End User http://tpr.org/post/border-drug-series-cartel-end-user <p></p><p></p><p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>First we look at the link between cartels and the end user, addicts. San Diego as a number one entry point for meth. How trucking companies and law enforcement try to keep up with the evolving business of drug smuggling. A smuggling ring revealed that operated from Arizona to Washington State.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:50:17 +0000 Crystal Chavez 18847 at http://tpr.org Border Drug Series: From Cartel To End User