Like Donald Trump, Ben Carson is banging the immigration drum, saying that we have to secure the border and we have to do it in any way possible. Recently, he said that he’d be amenable to drone strikes along the southern border, if it helps to stop people from crossing into the U.S. illegally. Today, he back pedaled on that comment, saying that wasn’t what he meant.
Carson said he wasn’t talking about strikes on people, or killing people in the name of securing the border. He said he was open to the continued use of drones for surveillance along the border. He said, according to the Daily Caller:
It was quite clear what I was talking about. I said that drones are excellent for surveillance. You know, along that border, we have miles and miles of fences, and, you know, I went there last week and didn’t see any border patrol people, and those fences are so easy to scale. It’s almost like not having a fence there. So drones can help with the surveillance, and no way did I suggest that drones be used to kill people.
According to CBS 5 AZ, here’s what he said at the time, in response to a question about whether he would support drone strikes on American soil to secure the border:
The take home point is this. We have excellent military leaders. We need to employ their expertise because this is a war we are fighting. That’s the bottom line.
Right Wing Watch says that Dennis Welch, who asked that question, tweeted later:
More from @RealBenCarson on border issues: ‘You look at some of these caves and things out there one drone strike, boom, and they’d gone.’
So, while yes, he technically did not advocate killing people in drone strikes, he’d be okay with using the drones to destroy caves…which may or may not have people in them at the time of the strike. Carson could have used his time to clarify, saying that he wants to use drones to destroy the caves, but would absolutely want to be sure nobody was in those caves first. If nothing else, that would go a long way towards clearing him of those accusations.
Instead, he just said he thought it was clear he was talking about striking the caves and not people. Then again, one of the biggest problems with the right on this particular issue is that they don’t see undocumented immigrants as people. Part of that is likely because the ones they’re targeting are Latino and many Latinos come from developing nations. The right thinks that makes them an automatic drain on the U.S., no matter what they actually do here.
Donald Trump would waste inordinate resources trying to deport them and building a wall. Carson would risk killing them. Other plans are just as unworkable and just as inhumane. When these idiots actually come up with a real plan, let us know.