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Diplomat: Law, Police Can't Stop Illegal Immigration

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A former State Department liason to Congress says neither laws nor increased vigilance along the Mexican border can completely stop illegal immigration and narcotics trafficking into the United States.

Former diplomat John A. Ritchie told the Arkansas Committee on Foreign Relations yesterday that increased policing of the border and drug arrests have led to higher prices in the U.S. market as demand remains steady for narcotics.  That in turn has allowed cartels to take bigger gambles for the increasing profits, as well as use the money to bribe police, judges and others.

He says stopping illegal immigration will be just as difficult.  He says politicians and others focus too much on potential laws that have not passed.

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