Article by Mike Adams, Merry Jane
Texas motorists busted for low-level drug possession, most of which likely involved marijuana, have been labeled “high threat criminals,” according to a new report from the folks at the Associated Press.
It seems the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) considers some 1,800 minor offenders, all ranging from drug possession cases to failure to pay child support, a major threat in the grand scheme of public and homeland security.
The data, which has been used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign to gain support for a wall separating the U.S./Mexico border, finds that people busted holding a little weed and other recreational substances have been tossed into the same category as murderers, rapists and sex traffickers.
Interestingly, these statistics played a role in the allocation of $1 billion last year to be used to strengthen the border.
“It’s deceptive to say the least,” said Democratic Representative Terry Canales about the DPS data. “I would say it’s shocking that a person arrested with a small amount of cocaine in Odessa is used to show supposedly high-threat criminal arrests on the Texas-Mexico border.”