DeSantis Vows To Use Deadly Force

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that he supported the usage of “deadly force” against those migrants who were illegally entering the United States and were suspected of transporting drugs. DeSantis noted that drug cartels were cutting through “massive beams” in the border wall and were transporting drugs using backpacks.

As he told NBC News, anyone who crosses the wall is on U.S. soil, so if those people are considered to have entered the country with “hostile intent” then it is reasonable for deadly force to be used. He added that this is reasonable and that it is the same thing that would occur if someone had run into a Texas rancher’s property and broken into their home.

However, one thing that has not been made clear is how officers would be expected to know whether someone was smuggling drugs or if they were not.

This is not the first time that DeSantis has made such a comment. In a previous press conference, he had argued that smugglers needed to end up “stone-cold dead.” At the time he had once again supported the usage of deadly force and had argued that cartels were breaking the border wall in order to bring drugs into the country. He added that if they end up dead it is only because of their “bad decisions.”

DeSantis also argued that if this approach was used then drug cartels would not try to mess or cut the border wall again. DeSantis’ approach and comments on migration are harsher than the comments made by any other GOP presidential candidates, including former President Donald Trump.

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