America's cocaine habit fueled its migrant crisis

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 8, 2019
  • And it's destroying Guatemala and Honduras.Help us make more ambitious series like Vox Atlas by joining the Vox Video Lab. It brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with your favorite Vox creators. Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labToday, the US is facing a migration crisis on its southern border with Mexico. Thousands of people from Central America, especially Guatemala and Honduras, are fleeing their home countries, taking a dangerous journey north through Mexico, and claiming asylum in the US. How did this crisis begin? Much of it can be traced back to the 1970s cocaine trade. Cocaine, which is mostly produced in Colombia, used to be shipped by boat and plane across the Caribbean. But in the 80s and 90s, the US cracked down on this route, so traffickers started shipping their drugs through Central America and over land to Mexico. That created a violent and competitive turf war between gangs and organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, and after the governments cracked down, violence only increased, forcing people to flee, often to the US. Through Vox Atlas, producer Sam Ellis demonstrates where conflicts occur on a map and the ways in which foreign policy shapes a region. Watch all the episodes here: http://bit.ly/2SThVsfSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEOr our podcasts: https://www.vox.com/podcastsFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • theChillChanneL

     4 months ago

    Politicians are asking the wrong questions; Instead of asking "How can we stop drugs from getting into the U.S.?" they should ask "Why are so many Americans buying them in the first place? Why is the U.S. the most profitable country in the world for illegal drugs? How can an American use a product they know people likely died to manufacture, to smuggle, to sell?" The end of the drug war will not and cannot take place in Mexico or Central America, it can only end in America with a co...

  • The False Rabbi

     14 days ago

    @Elen Degenerate There is more to drugs than just dopamine

  • Elen Degenerate

     14 days ago

    @The False Rabbi "Its not truly your choice if you are addicted"That raises an interesting question!All humans are addicted to endorphins and dopamine by our very nature and biology.Thus my questions are; Are we truly making our own choices at all, or is life in truth just an 80 year long dopamine binge?I am fairly sure its a dopamine rush to buy your first house or car, thus, spending money is in itself addictive and as such, should we be allowed private property outside of food and wa...

  • Friar Ruse

     4 months ago

    > America: Complains about Illegal immigrants bringing over illegal drugs> Also America: Does CocaineGood job America

  • IM SPECIAL

     16 days ago

    Thats no Zaku! Generalize them because they generalize other races. So hypocritical.

  • Aurtisan Miner

     16 days ago

    Well yea, because cocaine is awesome!

  • elver galarga

     4 months ago

    As long as people IN THE USA keep demanding , drugs will never stop . This will never stop

  • Jacob Staten

     24 days ago

    @Adam Huber like I said, we're at an impasse. As interesting as this conversation has been, I don't care to retread it. I'm going to mute you know. Be well.

  • Jacob Staten

     24 days ago

    @Adam Huber the body is just a shell, a lump of protein and calcium that will be recycled. It's finite and dying every second you're alive anyway and people need to make their own choices and mistakes. If we don't have free will, we're only doing what we're predetermined to do amd you can't blame a flawed person for being flawed. If we do have free will, then people deserve the right to make the choice on their own terms and learn from them.

  • Rodrigo Tejada

     4 months ago

    As a Guatemalan, thanks for this video. Sadly, you forgot to mention that the Internal war we suffered was mainly triggered due to US military intervention. So yeah, we're still paying that after all these years.That being said, most people who leave my country HATE the idea. NO ONE wants to go to the US. But between being killed and risking your life, you know which option will always be selected. Traveling north it's at least an option.

  • Paula P.

     12 days ago

    Rodrigo Tejada if the drug cartels are based in Mexico and the US what are they leaving their country for again? I thought it was to escape the drug cartels? Also you said no one wants to come to the US, then why are they coming? I ask because what you say and the actions don’t seem to add up, so I am curious bc I may have missed something.

  • Paula P.

     12 days ago

    Jack of all trades - Master of none well this all happened on Obama’s watch, so again looking at democrats who ran the country and some Rinos also. However this doesn’t speak to why coming to the US is good. Why not South America? Why travel through so many countries with cartel all in it to escape? The number of people leaving should be able to truly organize and rise up. They come through 3-4 different cartels to get to the US and would only need to get through one to go south. Something isn’t adding...

  • Sebastian Elytron

     4 months ago

    This is one of those "straight to the comments" videos. Grab the popcorn and let's go lol

  • Lucas Zhu

     25 days ago

    starfox0u0, let's take the Portuguese drug approach.

  • funbucket09

     2 months ago

    Check your privilage my boy.... Most of us around the world don't even have access to popcorn. Check before you get rekt.

  • iced coffee

     3 months ago

    they failed to mention how the US also killed the democratically elected leaders of those countries and replaced them with authoritarian puppets so we could get our bananas and spread capitalism.... If it wasn't for us destroying central America years ago then the governments there might have stood a chance .

  • Eyuel Gorfu

     4 months ago

    First law of economics:Whenever there is a demand there will be a supply. Outlawing somting is not automatic solution to cut down demand.

  • Rap the rainbow Taste the rainbow

     4 months ago

    CIA Cocaine importing agency

  • ALEX G SON

     3 months ago

    Stop snitching 6ix9ine!

  • Titan Blooded

     4 months ago

    Its not just the CIA, its All the intelligence worldwide agencies, elite families etc. Its how the generate revenue off the books. Its also a legitimate warfare tactic demonstrated by the British against the Chinese in the opium wars.

  • kiran

     4 months ago

    The US should look inside for a solution rather than waging wars outside..

  • rohde007

     4 months ago

    Amercians creating their own problems? (insert pikachu face here)

  • Dg_96 _

     4 months ago

    YOU ARE FAKE NEWS

  • Liberal GenZer

     4 months ago

    @Soturian Those drugs create the crime that we see today