Mexican presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum.

One of the most important elections of the year, especially for the United States, will be in Mexico, where the next president will have to navigate not only the country’s internal problems, but also manage ties with Washington and deal with the increasingly negative attention the country receives north of the border.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy stand on stage.

For the current GOP candidates, calls for the U.S. to invade Mexico have the twin benefits of making them look tough while also potentially appealing to Republican voters in the Trump faction. But these calls also betray three sad truths about U.S. foreign policy generally, and Republican foreign policy in particular.

DeSantis implemented strict immigration policies to tighten border control, aiming to address the challenges posed by migrants and shape a comprehensive immigration policy in the United States.

Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially threw his hat into the ring for next year’s U.S. presidential election. Fashioning himself as a credible challenger to Trump, his entrance into the race all but guarantees that the migration crisis on the United States’ southern border will figure centrally in the campaign.

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