FLORENCE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Dr. Ben Carson has toured the United States/Mexico border. Earlier in the day he made a stop in Pinal County, where he met with Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Carson also took to the air to check out some smuggling routes in the western parts of Pinal County.
He listened intently to Sheriff Babeu as he described issues he faces on a daily basis surrounding immigration, the Republican presidential hopeful was very candid about his views.
"We're no longer in the business of illegal immigration because of the Supreme Court rules, but all of these are criminals breaking state laws," said Paul Babeu.
Babeu showed Dr. Ben Carson the 50 pound backpacks often filled with marijuana, drugs they confiscated from mules.
"Yes, there should be consequences for them, but the American people have to impose consequences on the people who are putting people in office who do this stuff, they're the real enemy," said Dr. Ben Carson.
The presidential hopeful wasted no time offering solutions, including using drones and ending the right of birth citizenship.
"I suggest that we use all the things that we have available to us, but we use mostly the military expertise," said Carson.
Carson requested that Sheriff Babeu brief him on border security and smuggling after listening to statistics on cartel arrests, and drug seizures. Carson made his own statement saying in part, we have to stop being stupid or the country will suffer.
"Something that I hate so much is political correctness, that keeps us from being able to do what needs to be done to secure our borders, as some point we're going to need to be intelligent," said Carson.
Both Carson and Sheriff Babeu boarded a helicopter after they spoke, to tour the same routes that his deputies patrol every day.
After the helicopter tour of Pinal County, Dr. Carson toured Cochise County by foot. As for building a wall along the border, Dr. Carson says it could be possible in some areas while fences or personnel could be more beneficial in others.