Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis proposed to end birthright citizenship, finish building the southern border wall and send U.S. forces into Mexico to combat drug cartels as part of an aggressive — and familiar — immigration policy plan announced Monday in a Texas border city, the Associated Press reports. The Florida governor’s first detailed policy release as a 2024 contender represents a long-established wish list of Republican immigration proposals that largely mirrors former President Trump's policies Much of DeSantis’ plan faces tall odds, requiring the reversal of legal precedents, approval from other countries or even a constitutional amendment. DeSantis projected confidence on Monday, excoriating leaders in both political parties for failing to stop an immigrant “invasion.” He spoke while touring Eagle Pass, a community that has emerged as a major corridor for illegal border crossings during the Biden presidency.
“I have listened to people in D.C. for years and years and years, going back decades — Republicans and Democrats — always chirping about this yet never actually bringing the issue to a conclusion,” DeSantis told 100 residents, including local Democratic officials, teachers and mothers of children lost to fentanyl overdoses. “What we’re saying is no excuses on this.” He likened illegal border crossings to home break-ins and warned that drug traffickers trying to bring their product into the U.S. could wind up “stone cold dead.” In leading his policy rollouts with immigration, the two-term governor is prioritizing a divisive issue that has long been a focus of the GOP’s most conservative voters. The pro-immigrant group America’s Voice condemned DeSantis for making “invasion” references that have been used by white supremacists.