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Monday, June 26, 2023

Republican Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis Releases Aggressive Border & Anti Cartel Plan

"El Huaso" for Borderland Beat

Photo: Ron DeSantis Twitter

This morning, Ron DeSantis, a Republican candidate for United States president, released a plan titled "Stop the Invasion", which outlines his proposed plan to stem migration, fight criminal groups in Mexico, and build a wall along the southern border.

"Joe Biden has failed to meet the most basic responsibility of ensuring the territorial integrity of our country," begins DeSantis' strategy, posted on his campaign website while he simultaneously presented it at a town hall campaign event in Eagle Pass, Texas today. The introduction to the strategy lambasts the Biden administration for what he calls a "gross dereliction of duty" which he claims has resulted in criminal empowerment, widespread human trafficking, and drug flows into the United States. At one point, the plan even calls the Biden administration a "critical link in an illegal transnational human smuggling syndicate".

The strategy continues to outline four pillars of border security, and represents the most aggressive and ambitious policy towards Mexico on border issues so far, which will likely be met with extreme disapproval from the Mexican government.

Notably absent from the otherwise expansive strategy is any mention of arms trafficking, which is of major concern to the Mexican government given that around 70-80% of firearms in cartel arsenals originate in the United States. This bilateral issue has been identified by security experts as a main contributor to continuing violence in Mexico.

The four pillars are reducing illegal migration, building a wall along the southern border, bolstering US action against Mexican criminal groups, and increasing focus on building state power. 

For a full bullet point breakdown of the four pillars, skip to the end.

The first pillar, which focuses on reducing legal and illegal migration, is the longest and most complex section. Initiatives here range from increasing the capacity of the Border Patrol by increasing their compensation, to working with Latin American governments to stem both illegal and legal migration.

The second pillar is clearly inspired by former President Donald Trump's initiative to build and expand the US border wall. Here, DeSantis promises to modernize existing portions of the wall with new technology as well as completing construction along the 600 mile section of the border without a barrier. One of the more interesting proposals is the deployment of the US Army to assist Border Patrol until wall construction is complete.

The third pillar focuses on expanding US actions against criminal groups in Mexico. This section is the most brazen, and will likely draw intense backlash from the Mexican government. This section includes initiatives like designating Mexican crime groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, to advocating for US military operations on Mexican soil if the Mexican government does not "cooperate". President L贸pez Obrador of Mexico has been extremely vocal in resisting both of these proposals previously. 

The fourth pillar, which aims to expand states' power in reducing drug and migrant flows, is the shortest, but no less important. This section includes a proposal to punish sanctuary regions, or regions where local governments choose not to enforce migration law.

The four pillars, especially pillar 3, will undoubtedly be sternly rejected by the Mexican government, who will view them as an attack on their national sovereignty. The debate over terrorist designation of Mexican crime groups has heated up over the last years, and has gone from a fringe view to being represented in every Republican Presidential candidates' platform. 

The plan also mentions the potential risk of terrorists exploiting the southern border. This is generally regarded by most experts not to be a serious concern, as there has never been a terrorist attack involving elements that have crossed the United States' southern border.

This plan arrives at a time when US media interest security in Mexico as well as political will to designate organized criminal groups in Mexico as foreign terrorist organizations is crescendo.

In 2022, the United States news media wrote four times as many news articles about security and cartels in Mexico than they did in 2002. This increase in news media coverage mirrors an increase in the quantity of legislation submitted to Congress. Bills with keywords "Mexico'' and ''cartel" increased 580%, from five bills submitted in the 107th Congress (2001-2002), to 34 in the 117th Congress (2021-2022).

The four pillars

1. "Stop the invasion"

  • Bolstering Border Patrol pay and benefits to fill vacancies. 
  • Increasing recruiting focus on former police and military.
  • Reimposing the Remain in Mexico policy, which requires migrants to stay in Mexico until their asylum case is decided.
  • Ending birthright citizenship, which allows children of undocumented migrants to gain US citizenship
  • Taxing remittances from undocumented migrants.
  • Deporting Visa overstayers.
  • Increasing penalties for human trafficking, smuggling, and reoccurring illegal reentry.
  • Working with Panama to close the Darien Gap, the crossing point between Central and South America.
  • Ending catch-and-release. Migrants will be detained until their hearing date.
  • Close the Flores "loophole", a 1997 court ruling which limits the time migrant children can be detained.
  • End the use of Notices to Report.
  • Strengthening focus on E-Verify, a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States
  • Defunding and prosecuting entities which "aid or conspire to violate U.S. immigration laws".
  • Ordering the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate Asylum Cooperative Agreements with Northern Triangle Countries.

2. "Build the wall"

  • Deploying the US military to assist border patrol until the wall is built
  • Complete the border wall.
  • Modernizing the border and expanding the use of technology to monitor it.
  • Utilizing the Army Corps of Engineers to clear natural barriers to build roads for CBP use.
3. "Hold cartels accountable"
  • Designating Mexican crime groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations in order to expand US resources against them.
  • Creating a Joint Counter-Cartel Task Force to gather and diffuse intelligence.
  • Convene the Organization of American States to announce new diplomatic, economic, and security initiatives to deter violent cartel activity. 
  • Allow use of force against drug smugglers.
  • If Mexico does not cooperate, allowing US forces to operate across the border to secure our territory from Mexican cartel activities.
  • Bolstering the US Navy and Coast Guard's interdiction capabilities.
4. "Work with states to enforce the law"
  • Blocking the Department of Justice from suing states when they enforce immigration laws.
  • Imposing firm penalties on sanctuary jurisdictions.
  • Reimbursing states affected by "Biden's border crisis".
  • Remove undocumented migrants from census apportionment calculations.

Sources: Ron DeSantis Campaign SiteRon DeSantis Twitter, Arms Trafficking WH Statement 6/14/ 23Borderland Beat Archives 6/16/23, NBC News

85 comments:

  1. How many us agents are in Mex now? How many involved in nsa eavesdropping. How would one investigate that ?

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    1. no way i know of to know, its not public info as you can imagine. prob less agents then a couple years ago though bc us - mexico relations have chilled

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    2. Poor Mexican civil rights being violated... No mames

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    3. Im not a republican. But I agree with alot of his ideas

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    4. 9:08 You agree with alot of his ideas??? This guy is a moron. Look at what happened in Florida with his ignorant laws. Have you even thought of the repercussions and the problems alot of those points would create. But I guess great minds think alike. Can you point out which points it is you agree with?

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    5. 4:45 I’m Mexican and I agree also ! So what !

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    6. 4:45 vete a la versh… yo apoyo a desantis

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    7. We should all go back to were we came from and live America to the real Natives

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    8. 3:03 should of done that to your ilegal family members and you wouldnt be here, sorry but there is just no way you can control imigration, your ancestors did it and its not about to change, so keep crying, no one can stop it, people like desanti and trump will sell shit and you will eat it

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  2. It is a good plan

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    1. That's what he says now but if elected it's business as usual.

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    2. NRA owns the Republicans

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    3. Most of it did not sound smart or helpfull.

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  3. DeSantis2024 That’s right!

    Most of these new illegals are not the same as the ones from back in the day that just came to work and had values. The new illegals are just future woke liberal democrat voters! Screw that!

    Semper Fi

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    2. You actually believe him?

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    3. Despicable being a former Marine

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    4. Semper Fi devil dog!!!



      You are right, these new illegals are trash not like the ones from back in the day that just came to work. The new illegals just want hand outs.

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    5. 5:01 exactly

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  4. This dude is a bigger clown then trump馃槀馃槀馃槀 can’t even stop the criminals in your own states so good luck with that. Worry about the school shooters, US gangs first, I doubt they’ll be able to stop that

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  5. Left wing bias much???

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  6. Desantis is toast. Now he’s just stealing Trump’s “stop the invasion” dog whistle. He doesn’t win by moving further to the right.

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    1. TRUMP is a 5x DRAFT DODGER!!

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    2. Right and all theses marine vets support him lmfao

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    2. 5:07 Sinaloa would be their training camp to take on true war zones all over mexcio, plus they would capture a few Sinaloas and they would snitch on every body with out been asked to snitch 馃槶

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    3. 5:07 This is not a video game or netflix, boy

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    4. Are you a ffing retard, sinaloa would never be a Vietnam for the US. Does Sinaloa have tanks, apache helicopters, fighter jets, they wouldn't last very long.

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    5. Don't bother trying to brag about the snitch state

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    6. 10:22 Vietnam didnt have tanks, helicopters, jets... they had tunnels and russian rifles. Go back and take High School US History classes.

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  8. This guy is a wannabe Mussolini

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    1. Securing the border = Mussolini or hitler ? Go back to twitter with your blue hair.

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    2. 5:49 Securing from themselves and aiming to kill... yeah, just like them

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  10. We need this guy. Our border is a laughing stock. Serves no purpose as it is right now. We stop nothing.

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    1. US stops only what they want to stop …clearly the US CIA, DEA does not want the flow of drugs to stop

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    2. I agree!!! It’s a money maker for them.

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  11. 1st time in my life I will vote Republican. Lets take the fight to Mexico create a 2 mile buffer zone.

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    1. This guys a bigger clown than Trump .
      Doesn’t matter if you vote for him or not regardless as soon as he becomes president they will sit him down and explain to him why he must be respectful towards one of the most important trading partners the US has (Mexico) and will continue to have . So he needs to say bye bye to all his tough talk against Mexico and focus on real issues in his own country. It really is that simple .

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  12. How's Florida doing? Ask yourselves and then go vote this guy is a Castro Wana be loves unlimited government power

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    1. Florida doing really well actually thanks for asking

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    2. @6:27 Right, especially the agricultural sector is doing just amazing . (Sarcasm ) All because of racism floridas citizens are going to pay the price …increased tax prices on everything many businesses will shut down and all this so your governor could appear “cool “ as he runs for presidency. What a joke . At the end he’s still not going to win as he will never get California .. Californians are light years ahead when it comes to economy and how the labor force actually works .. unlike Florida .

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    3. He is also banning words and books. Who else in history did this?? A certain name rings a bell... Hitler.

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    4. @8:47 He also wears pants. Who else in history did this?? A certain name rings a bell... Hitler.

      Nice logic you got there, go back to reddit

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    5. 10:11 so do you even understand correlation?? Most people wear pants so not even remotely the same as Banning books and words which applies to very few that we refer to as dictators. Tell us who you vote for with out telling us who you vote for.

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    6. @1:15 turn down your blue hair, I'm having trouble hearing your tiktok politics!

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  13. Italian huh? Not going to happen.

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    1. So because he's Italian illegals get a free pass?

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    2. 7:36 did I write that? I wrote he isn't what the Republicans need him to be, unfortunately for him. His proposed policies are too extreme for 53-57% of the country if not more. This BS he's spouting is to just sell wolf tickets to his audience. Look at them. He'll whore himself to the group he believes can secure his nomination. Than he'll soften his hardline views to be more palatable to those who don't pay attention to his rhetoric and proposals.
      If people want to live within a certain kind of people and political preference they should live in a place that most meets their preferences. No more gerrymandering says the Supreme Court 6-3

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  14. Only a corrupt devil or carnage loving gangster would be against finally decimating the genocidal orgs that operate in Mexico. I’m not a conservative or a liberal I’m a realist. And reality says that Mexico is a failed narco state and needs to be occupied. As far as the gun flow to Mexico.. why does Mexico have the carnage according to the murderous numbers to at the USA doesn’t have? Mexico has roughly a 1/3 of the pop and at least triple the KNOWN murders

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    1. Want to see a failed state?, go take a ride on the LA metro...

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    2. 12:05 same guy that always throws in Los Angeles, you got to be in love with LA.

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    3. 6:41 just an iconic city, a good example... NY rats are a thing too.... can bring LOTS of examples.

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  15. What a clown 馃ぁ. Just another copy and paste play from Trump. He should focus his attention on all the American addicts that give cartels their business

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    1. Delusional, the two party system in america creates that kind of blindness for their favourite party

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  16. Not once does this clown hold Americans accountable for their addiction. Remember how Republicans went into Iraq/Afghanistan and that war lasted 20 years and nothing was accomplished except the death of Osama Bin Laden. America will ruin Mexico with its racists views. Any Latino who supports DeSantis or Trump really need to buy themselves a mirror, no matter how hard you try to act/look white… you ain’t.

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    1. You have no idea what your talking about

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  17. Mexicans are a lot more conservative than most people think. They are in general Christian-religious people opposed to abortion, gay marriage, legal recreational drugs, high taxes, and lax immigration policies. And, many are malinchista yet racist. The only black people that Mexicans like are US entertainers and sports stars. They call all Asians "chinos" and use their slang equivalents of the n-word for white foreigners. And as anyone can see by perusing the comments on this board, they hate the gangs from other states and vice versa.

    I used to live in DF during the early 90s. A Mexican friend once scolded me because he said that Americans don't even bother to know the name of the Mexican president since they consider Mexico an inferior country to the south. When I asked him the name of the Guatemalan president he didn't know. When I pressed on and asked him if Mexicans consider Guatemala to be an inferior country to the south he gave me that famous overexaggerated Mexico shrug that explains all the jodido-ness.

    "Pobre de nosotros, somos hijos de la chingada." A huge part of being Mexican is being the victim.

    Also, the official name of the country is "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" El Oh El

    Another friend says that "Latinos" are Democrats and "Hispanics" are Republicans. Somebody ask that pendejo Ted Cruz which he is.

    Ron DeSantis is a blowhard mossback asshole like most Republicans. Just sayin that the blue team doesn't automatically have the support of Mexicans.

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    1. Latinos and Hispanics is the same thing.馃槀馃槀馃槀

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    2. 6:42 Latinx* you mean

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    3. Mexicans are not conservative. They would be in heavily favor of socialism

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  18. There's a reason the majority of the Republican main voting base are the white uneducated as in whites who do not hold a college degree. This is Just playing into the snowflakes cries. What a pathetic plan

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  19. The fact is this: no country is a real country if it does not enforce its own borders. and the US has not for years! The results are plain to see. Democrat voters imported by the thousand!

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    1. That’s the most ignorant shit ever. All the agents, cameras, drones, under cover operations, radars, fences all that $$$ goes to border enforcement. If you think it’s easy to come across, try it. I am sure after you see what it takes to make it across you’ll the issue a little differently

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    2. 10.12 honestly allot of these illegal immigrants swing right they can't vote so that doesn't effect election now there kids can eventually. But usually they swing left cause of immigration laws other then that they would be in the right. In the mexcian community it's known once you get papers people change lol that's what they mean once they got they're resident card or citizenship they vote right unless they got some kids who's in a university getting indoctrinated. They end up guilt tripping there parents. I seen it happen usually its yo the right side. Large percent of mexicans have came to a conclusion the way to come to the states is by h2a visa or if not asylum. Not worth paying crazy money for a coyote and never being able to go home.

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  20. I honestly thought DeSantis had a chance but not anymore, Extreme immigration laws will just get shit load of press, I don't see him getting the Latino love that Trump got on his second run. The only chance is if enough people are fed up with sleepy Joe. I get the immigration situation is horrible but it won't slow down unless they could do something on the southern mexican border. They also should implement some type of visas for people who been here illegally for decades with good records who are willing to leave but get some type of work visa for seasonal work.

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    2. 11:56 USA has nearly 10x the population of Canada. It's not comparable.
      The Golden state of California +/- has the same population as Canada and nearly twice the economy.

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  21. Mexican government's a joke, The only sovereignty in Mexico is cartel power. That's who runs most of Mexico. Any measures to end this shit creek situation is good, and the Mexican government won't and can't do anything

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    1. You got that 馃憤 right no period kid.

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    2. just likethe US ruled by oligarchs

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  27. 8:37 to 8:41 thanks for making it so easy 馃ぃ

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    1. 8:23 se le boto la canica? No vi los comentarios, pero oviamente fue el mismo, a lo mejor andava drogado 馃槀馃槀

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  28. My head “Are you sure about that” people love their fix more that anything. But good luck. I mean he at least has balls to come with a somewhat idea ig. Plus if you don’t use hugs it a big plus there you go man 馃槀

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  29. The only way for Florida Man to win is if Trump is jailed, and there is a small chance of that

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  30. This just in: https://www.thedailybeast.com/ron-desantis-used-texas-taxpayer-resources-on-campaign-trip?ref=home?ref=home

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