Ron DeSantis traveled to the southern border on Monday to unveil his plan to tackle the immigration crisis by authorizing the use of lethal force.
The governor and presidential candidate says the best way to deter cartels is to shoot coyotes and smugglers and make it clear they will face the force of Border Patrol if they break the laws Americans.
“If you drop a few of these cartel members, they’ll stop coming,” DeSantis said at a news conference in front of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Monday.
DeSantis has repeatedly taken aim at former President Donald Trump for failing to deliver on campaign promises he made when he took office – such as building a wall along the entire southern border .
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis traveled to the southern border of Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday for a campaign stop where he unveiled his plan to tackle the migration crisis
Speaking to a crowd in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday, DeSantis pledged to change the rules of engagement when it comes to cartels and smugglers – saying force and mass deportations would be used.
“I was in Arizona the other day, and you know, you have like walls and it sort of stops,” DeSantis detailed during a Texas border campaign stop. “The cartel guy just hangs out where it stops and he waves people over to go.”
“So having just one piece, I mean, – you have to finish the job, and you have a lot more to do on that,” the Florida governor insisted.
DeSantis’ trip Monday was the second time he’s been to the southern border since announcing his presidential campaign just a month ago, underscoring the importance the governor places on the migration crisis.
Speaking to reporters at a popular crossing point in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday, DeSantis said that as president he would on day one reverse all executive orders implemented by President Joe Biden that allowed migrants to cross the southern border.
“We will have a new sheriff in town on January 20, 2025,” he told Fox News.
Under President Joe Biden, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered approximately 5.5 million migrants crossing the southern border. Border hawks argue that the end of the pandemic-era deportation policy, Title 42 last month, has not helped relieve an overworked agency dealing with an overwhelmed border.
DeSantis said that as president he would implement a stronger directive from the Department of Homeland Security to allow Border Patrol agents to deter cartels from smuggling humans and drugs from Mexico to UNITED STATES.
DeSantis says former President Donald Trump failed to deliver on promises to resolve southern border crisis
A US Border Patrol boat inspects the waters of the Rio Grande River during DeSantis’ visit to the area on Monday, touting his immigration policies
“Even in places where there were really serious steel girders and stuff, these guys in the cartels, they can cut through the really fortified steel girders,” DeSantis told a crowd of Texans on Monday. “I just think to myself that you spend all this money on this and let them pass with impunity and do it. And so, you know, I think you need proper rules of engagement.
“If someone broke into your house, you would push them back by force, wouldn’t you? asks the candidate. “Yet if they have drugs, these backpacks, and they come in and they go through a forced structure, we’re just supposed to let them in.”
I say use force to push them back. If you do this once. They’ll never do it again,’ DeSantis assured to applause.
In addition to using force and completing the wall, DeSantis outlined several other initiatives this week that he plans to implement on the frontier if he becomes president.
One of the most controversial plans would be the mass deportations of illegal and undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
DeSantis also wants to end so-called “capture and release” strategies, which have allowed thousands of migrants to disappear in the country.
DeSantis said Monday he would reverse all executive orders implemented by President Joe Biden that allowed mass migration and a breakdown of the US immigration system.
Presidential candidate agrees with Trump that birthright citizenship must end – meaning just because someone was born in the US doesn’t mean they’re automatically a citizen. DeSantis says birthright citizenship is something Trump promised to end but failed to do in four years as president.
Speaking to Fox Border Beat reporter Bill Melugin, DeSantis said he rejects the interpretation of US law that Democrats are adopting, saying all migrants entering the country must be processed.
Instead, Florida’s governor said he would authorize force and law enforcement officers would turn away migrants arriving at the border.
“They can be pushed back — that’s sovereignty 101,” DeSantis explained.