Ben Carson has decided to mimic Donald Trump this week by touring the U.S.-Mexico border and making outrageous comments while doing so.
Dr. Carson arrived on his tour bus to Pinal County, Arizona, Wednesday to meet with County Sheriff Paul Babeu. Sheriff Babeu is notable for being a major figure in the anti-immigrant movement and came to represent the Arizona border security nationally after he began openly calling for tougher policies against undocumented immigrants. Babeu even threatened his undocumented immigrant ex-boyfriend, Jose Orozco, with deportation in 2012 when the man refused to promise never to tell anyone about their long-term relationship.
After being given information from Babeu and the Pinal County Sheriff's office regarding the statistics of undocumented immigration and drug smuggling in the area, Carson apparently had a seemingly instantaneous change in policy and rhetoric regarding the issue.
"I gotta tell you that it was a big change for this presidential candidate from yesterday where he seemed kind of moderate when it came to immigration and what not," said Dennis Welch, a reporter for KPHO.
KPHO was the network that covered the exchange between Welch and Carson, which included Carson's unique ideas for stemming the flow of illegal drugs across the border.
BREAKING: GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson open to using military drone strikes on American soil to secure the border.— Dennis Welch (@dennis_welch) August 19, 2015
"And at one point he seemed to indicate that he was open to the use of military drone strikes right here on U.S. soil in an attempt to stop all this drug activity," Welch said.
In the video that is posted above, Welch remarks that drone strikes on American soil "seems a little over the top, even to entertain that idea." Carson insists that it isn't without really giving an explanation as to why it isn't.
"You can entertain all kinds of things," Carson said. "Here’s the take-home point: The take-home point is that we have excellent military leaders and we need to employ their expertise because this is a war we are fighting. That’s the bottom line."
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."— Dennis Welch (@dennis_welch) August 19, 2015
The most controversial aspect of drones is the unintended victims that can fall prey to their use. Targeting drug smugglers with drones might deter them from some of their illegal activities, but it could also injure or kill victims of human trafficking that the cartels might also be transporting through the same routes. It could also do harm to undocumented immigrants who are only coming to the United States to find work. Then again, thinking things through and expressing compassion for other human beings apparently isn't what makes a GOP candidate surge in the polls these days.