DeSantis Considers Missile Systems for Border Security, Vows Swift Response Against Threats
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reaffirmed his commitment to deploy military hardware to the southern border and use it against drug cartels if he becomes president. During a “tense exchange” on the “CBS Evening News,” DeSantis mentioned that he wouldn’t rule out launching missiles into Mexico to combat drug cartels, depending on the situation. This statement was in response to a super PAC ad that featured him vowing to leave those crossing the border illegally “stone cold dead.”
Critics quickly attacked the super PAC for its ad, prompting DeSantis to clarify that he was referring to drug cartels, not migrants. He emphasized that any use of force would be contingent on identifying individuals as hostile, such as those breaking through barriers with malicious intent.
DeSantis isn’t alone in his stance, as other Republican figures, including Senator J.D. Vance and Representative Dan Crenshaw, have supported involving the military in border security. Several Republican presidential candidates, including Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott, have also pledged to deploy the military to address the border crisis.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed that former President Donald Trump considered deploying missiles to the border during his tenure but opted against it due to legal concerns and potential asylum claims.
The article concludes by suggesting that pressuring Mexico to address its organized crime issues and the drug trafficking pipeline could be a more effective solution. DeSantis argued that the U.S. is facing an invasion of drug trafficking and human trafficking, and strong action is needed to secure the border.