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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during an interview this week that as President of the United States, he’ll have a new set of “rules of engagement” when dealing with Mexican cartels who are trying to smuggle drugs into through the southern border.
DeSantis made the remarks Thursday evening during an interview with Fox News’ Jesse Watters when asked about his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border while visiting the state of Texas.
“After seeing what’s going on down there, has that changed your opinion of immigration?” Watters asked.
“It confirmed what I had known,” DeSantis responded. “And it’s worse than you think when you actually get down there. And the impunity with which the cartels operate. I was literally in a place in Arizona, there is a piece of wall that just kind of stops. So the guy just goes on the other side of where the wall ends, looks out, and he just motions for people to go. There’s no border patrol to be found, they’re in town processing people. And so they’re bringing product into our country.”
“They’re killing a lot of people,” he continued. “So one of the things that I saw — the places where there were barriers, the cartels will actually cut through the steel beams, and they’ll smuggle in backpacks with a lot of drugs. So what I said is, wait a minute, we defend the territory of our own country. We’ll have military and everyone down there. If you are in the cartels cutting through our fence to bring drugs in, that’s going to be the last thing you do because we’re going to leave you stone cold dead. We are having adequate rules of engagement.”
“If you are in the cartels cutting through our fence to bring drugs in … that’s going to be the last thing you do. We’re going to leave you STONE COLD DEAD.”
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 29, 2023