With drugs, gangs and illegal aliens continuing to plague America’s southern border, Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is suggesting to deploy the U.S. military inside of Mexico.
Arpaio, who is now seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, broadcast the plan on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”
“My idea, which is maybe out of the box: Since we have agents that are government employees working with foreigners, why don’t we use another government agency that happens to be the U.S. Army and send them across the border to work with the foreign authorities, the Federales and the Mexican army? Not to invade Mexico,” Arpaio explained.
“We have been doing it anyway with other types of government employees so who is going to argue with this? Because something has to be done before the drugs come over the border. Stop it before it gets to the border. That is how you solve the problem.”
Arpaio noted the Mexican government would need to greenlight the proposal before the U.S. Army could get involved, and said President Trump could use pressure tactics such as withholding foreign aid.
“Just an idea and when I get to Washington if you don’t think I’m going to push that idea. Because it only makes sense,” Arpaio added. “And I don’t know why they would turn it down since we have agents already there working side-by-side. What is wrong with the military? The helicopters? Go over the opium fields. And also get to the border.”
“We use the military everywhere else in the world, don’t we? OK. Why can’t we do it with our neighbors?”
The former sheriff also told Klein that if he wins the race, he would open a Senate office at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It would be the Senate office,” he said. “If you want to see me you will have to come down to the border.”
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