Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made a controversial statement, suggesting that he is open to using drone strikes to combat Mexican drug cartels if he were elected president. During a campaign event, DeSantis responded to a voter’s question about whether he would be willing to use drones against the cartels. He stated, “We will absolutely reserve the right if they’re invading our country and killing our people.” DeSantis later clarified his remarks, saying that he would use whatever force necessary to defend the country.
DeSantis has been emphasizing immigration as a significant theme in his presidential campaign. In June, he publicly supported the use of “deadly force” against migrants suspected of drug trafficking. During the same campaign event where he made the drone strike comments, DeSantis reiterated this stance, stating, “We’re authorizing deadly force. They try to break into our country? They will end up stone-cold dead.”
These statements have sparked controversy and concern among many, with critics arguing that the use of drone strikes against drug cartels could result in unintended civilian casualties and exacerbate the already complex issue of drug trafficking. However, DeSantis remains steadfast in his belief that strong measures are necessary to combat the cartels and protect American citizens.
When asked about the practicality and potential risks of using drone strikes, DeSantis compared it to the judgment calls made by police officers or military personnel in war zones. He argued that individuals in such situations must make difficult judgments, as they cannot always identify who poses a threat. DeSantis believes that similar judgment calls would need to be made in the context of drone strikes against cartels.
In addition to his controversial stance on using drone strikes, DeSantis has taken other actions related to immigration during his time as governor of Florida. In May, he approved the deployment of 1,100 members of Florida’s law enforcement agencies and the National Guard to the southern border. Even before announcing his presidential run, DeSantis arranged for migrants to be flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, an action he frequently mentions on the campaign trail.
DeSantis’s firm stance on immigration and willingness to use force against drug cartels has garnered both support and criticism. Supporters argue that strong measures are necessary to secure the border and protect American citizens. Critics, on the other hand, express concerns about the potential for human rights abuses and the lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of drug trafficking.
It remains to be seen how DeSantis’s controversial statements will impact his campaign and public opinion. As the 2024 election approaches, immigration and border security are likely to remain central issues, and DeSantis’s positions will continue to provoke strong reactions from both his supporters and opponents.