Homeland Security Changing Enforcement of Crimes by Undocumented Immigrants, Secretary Kelly says
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 12:21
CHUCK TODD: So can you give me an example of somebody that wasn't deported before that you're deporting now?"Is that your number one problem?"
Kelly didn't exactly ask for nationwide marijuana legalization, but anyone in the the Trump administration speaking about rehabilitation before law enforcement with regards to the war on drugs is an improvement worth noting.
When asked to elaborate, he said that "the laws on the books are pretty straightforward - if you're here illegally you should leave" and that 'the law is the law'.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump floated the idea of using a "deportation force" to remove undocumented immigrants from the country, but Kelly has pushed back on that language.
Kelly later confirmed in the interview that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently completed "a targeted operation" to go after visa overstays, or people who have stayed in the country past their visa expiration date.
"Men and women who will do their jobs in the future as they've done them in the past". It's a complicated problem, but the law is the law. But the law is the law. Given - but I don't have unlimited capacity to execute. Is this the resources you need? "Fifty-two thousand Americans: You can't put a price on the human misery".
"Drug consumption in the United States is the problem, just cocaine alone when you consider the massive amounts of profit that come out of the United States", he added. It's gotta be something else.
"It is fair to say that the definition of criminal has not changed, but where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed", he said.
CHUCK TODD: I guess I'm going at this, would the money for the border wall be better spent on going after the visa overstays?
The new guidance stemmed from two executive orders Trump signed days after his inauguration that were created to help make good on his campaign promise to increase deportations and strengthen border security. The very, very, very good news is, for a lot of different reasons, the number of illegal aliens that are moving up from the south has dropped off precipitously.
"Three things - methamphetamine, nearly all produced in Mexico; heroin, virtually all produced in Mexico; and cocaine that comes up from further south - those three drugs result in the death I think previous year of 52,000 people", Gen. Kelly told host Todd. It's down, as I say, by nearly 70%.