Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that using military drones to supervise the U.S.-Mexico border and eliminate underground trails and paths is one solution to halting the number of people entering the U.S. illegally.
“You look at some of these caves and things out there one drone strike, boom, and they’re gone,” Carson said to news reporters while visiting the border on Aug. 19, reports CNN affiliate KPHO.
“I’m suggesting we do what we need to do to secure the border — whatever that is,” Carson added. However, it is unclear if Carson meant using surveillance methods with military drones or using the drones to bomb the areas.
During his visit to the border, Carson criticized President Barack Obama’s current policies towards protecting the area.
“It’s a small impediment. It’s not going to keep anyone out,” Carson said, referring to an already existing fence that is meant to prevent people crossing the border. “This would slow them down. But agents would stop them,” he added.
Carson also suggested using the National Guard to protect the area, but some lawmakers do not believe there are enough funds for that.
“If it was financed by federal funding,” Arizona House Speaker David Gowan said of his approval to add more military forces to the border. “The state doesn’t have the money,” Gowan added.
Carson recently spoke at the Phoenix Convention Center, where an estimated 12,000 attended. GOP presidential contender Donald Trump also recently gave a speech at the same location, but attracted far fewer attendees.
In the most recent poll, Carson placed in third among white evangelical voters with 11 percent. Trump led the pack with 23 percent while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was second with 16 percent.