The DHS in March said there was a 40 percent decrease in illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States from January to February, which follows a downward trend in recent years.
Last week, Kelly's Homeland Security Department released guidance created to quickly grow the amount of people tasked with enforcing the nation's immigration laws - a team Trump had previously called a "deportation force".
At least one Trump administration official isn't spewing the same anti-marijuana comments as his colleagues are. "Just start the process of getting after this drug demand". Nearly all produced in Mexico.
Speaking with Chuck Todd Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, Kelly said heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine are the three substances authorities should be tackling.
"Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war", explained Sec.
Before joining the Trump administration, Kelly served as the head of U.S. Southern Command, overseeing security operations for Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
He went on to say that as there is a crackdown on illegal immigration by the Trump administration, Immigration & Customs Enforcement may use marijuana as a justification for going after those immigrants who have not committed harder crimes and who were largely left to live their lives by the previous administration. "And cocaine that comes up from further south".
"The solution", he continued, "is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill".
Kelly said it will be up to Congress to help sort out how to treat the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the USA, including the so-called "Dream Act" children brought illegally into the country by their parents or guardians.
"You have to remember that there's a system, a legal justice system in place", Kelly said. Marijuana is VERY much a factor in the War on Drugs.
"Let me be clear about marijuana".
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told anyone who dislikes the way his department is handling immigration to change the law themselves or "shut up", Politico reports.
In 2015 a LOT of people were arrested for marijuana. That would tend to strengthen Sessions' argument that the attack should be on addiction in general rather than focusing on specific substances.
Sessions said the "lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch-and-release policies of the past are over", he said. The two positions are not entirely exclusive to each other, but they do clearly appear to delineate very different approaches by two departments that will need to work hand in glove in dealing with the situation.
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