DeSantis details hardline border plan, looking to compete with Trump

DeSantis details hardline border plan, looking to compete with Trump

On June 26, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his most comprehensive strategy yet for securing the southern border of the United States with Mexico, as he attempts to catch up to Donald Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. During an event in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the Rio Grande river border with Mexico, DeSantis criticized Trump, grouping him with other presidents who he claimed had failed to take action to stem the influx of migrants at the border. DeSantis, who declared his presidential candidacy last month, has struggled to gain traction against Trump, the former president who is seeking another term in the White House. National opinion polls indicate that DeSantis is trailing Trump by more than 20 percentage points.

DeSantis’ border-security plan is his latest attempt to appeal to the party’s most conservative voters in the hopes of peeling some away from Trump, who has made illegal immigration a central issue of his presidential campaigns. After promoting his record as governor of Florida for weeks on the campaign trail, DeSantis is gradually introducing national policy programs. Energy and tax plans are in the works, he stated.

As part of his border plan, DeSantis would terminate “catch and release” and detain migrants crossing the border until their hearing dates; refuse entry to any migrant at the border claiming political asylum; and tax remittances from migrants living in the country illegally to pay for the construction of a border wall. DeSantis would also seek to end “birthright citizenship,” which allows children of migrants born in this country to become U.S. citizens, and allow state and local officials to enforce federal immigration laws. He pledged as president to use U.S. law enforcement resources across the border if necessary to halt the flow of fentanyl and other drugs into the United States. He stated that he would do as much as possible through unilateral executive action without waiting for Congress to act.

Trump has also vowed to end birthright citizenship and continue the hardline immigration policies he implemented as president. On Monday, his campaign accused DeSantis of “copying and pasting” Trump’s policy agenda. While serving as president in 2018, Trump stated that he planned to issue an executive order to restrict birthright citizenship, but he never followed through. At the time, many legal scholars were skeptical that Trump could use executive authority to roll back the right.

At the Texas event, DeSantis argued that the border has become a gateway through which migrants from all over the world enter, and that the influx was straining the budgets of local communities. “There are people from halfway around the world coming through on this southern border because they know all you got to do is show up in the border and you’re going to get a ticket to come into the interior of the United States,” he stated.

Ammar Moussa, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, criticized DeSantis’ plan, stating that it consists of “political gimmicks that are merely an echo of the same cruel and callous policies of the Trump administration that broke our immigration system.” Last week, President Joe Biden’s administration secured a victory before the U.S. Supreme Court when it ruled that border states could not challenge federal priorities on enforcement of immigration policy.

Speaking with reporters after the event on Monday, DeSantis once again defended his use of private planes to transport migrants from Texas to Democratic-run states such as California and Massachusetts. “It’s been very effective,” he stated, adding that it “will continue to be used.”

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