I think Bernie would benefit tremendously in many different ways, if he made a simple statement and plan of action, one that mostly consists of views and plans he's already shared, akin to:
A plan for repairing our relationship with our neighbor to the south, and hopefully with the help and teamwork of Mexico and other nations, work towards improving both the issues of drug violence as well as the immigration situation.
this alone is an obvious good and pretty neutral statement to make, which appeals to all political sides here, and hopefully even with Mexico. It addresses two issues everyone is concerned with, even if they differ in opinion of what to do about it.
One thing we can do right away is to federally legalize cannabis/marijuana, both for the ample obvious reasons we have to do so, but also specifically to take the money and funding out of the criminal and cartel hands, both here at home and in Mexico. The Mexican government has already shown interest in this idea and approach to addressing the cartel situation, and I believe if we work together this could ultimately be a very effective strategy. From there I'm sure we can figure out even more approaches to removing the cartels' funding completely and taking them out of business.
Bernie has already announced his support for legalization. This is just using that in an even farther reaching political way and addressing more issues with it. Also since Mexico is thinking this way already, there is no reason not to use it to regain favor with them as well.
And especially if it can be tied in with the idea that improving the situation in Mexico (by taking money/power from the cartels thus hopefully increasing safety etc, as well as potentially other aid-like options I think the U.S. could do, but that's another story) can ultimately lead to a lessening in the need to immigrate in the first place … This whole idea can start to reach across the aisle in appeal for the more reasonable conservative voters.
I feel like not only is this idea smart politically but also really the only logical approach to actually combat drug violence. Obviously there's more to it than marijuana, but it's a good start to the approach.
I was gonna flesh this idea out more but I'm tired and gonna sleep instead. I'm just also real tired of seeing in my head like the seemingly obvious political moves for candidates to take this election and garner more support, but like nobody is making any substantial smart moves. Nothing really. Maybe if we start talking about these ideas more, these geniuses in D.C. might actually put some of them to use and not just gift wrap the election for trump, again.
But yeah, let me know what you think and feel free to share any other ideas on this, or any other approach you think might be smart for Bernie to take.