Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson took a tour of the U.S. southern border on Wednesday and vowed to use “every means possible” to get the growing epidemic of illegal immigration under control.
“Let this become a military issue instead of a bureaucrat’s issue,” Carson said, according to AZ Central News.
Touring the area by helicopter with outspoken Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Carson viewed many border crossing points, trafficking routes and numerous caves that are used by drug cartels.
Carson proposed an efficient way to eliminate makeshift drug cartel “scout sites” that can be found as far as 70 miles north of the border – blow them up.
More from @RealBenCarson on border issues: “You look at some of these caves and things out there one drone strike, boom, and they’d gone.”
— Dennis Welch (@dennis_welch) August 19, 2015
“Some of these caves that are out there, one drone strike and, poof! They’re gone,” Carson said. “And they’re easy to find.”
Carson said illegal immigration is a controllable problem, but U.S. officials have lacked “the will” do to anything about it.
In a brief interview after the tour, Carson told Breitbart News that the problem erodes U.S. sovereignty.
“They shouldn’t be 70 miles inside the border,” Carson said. “We should stop them at the border. As the sheriff indicated, if we were to take like 6,000 troops and put them at the border, you wouldn’t have those people coming inside the border.”
Carson spent the rest of his time along the border meeting with ranchers and locals who’ve grown increasingly incensed with the lack of border control. They are hoping for a presidential candidate with the will to act.
“We’re hoping you can get there and that you have an idea of what the problems are,” rancher Jack Ladd told Carson. “Somebody has to straighten it out. And good luck to you.”
Babeu doubled down on that.
“We’re all pissed off, quite frankly, excuse my language,” Babeu said according to AZ Central News. “These people here have been lied to by leaders in our own government. You get people elected, and they turn around and do just the opposite or nothing at all.”
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