The incoming U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief, retired general John Kelly, has said that one of the quickest ways to slow down illegal immigration is to quickly deport all the illegals presently inside America.
Speaking during his confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, General Kelly said that the “solution to rising illegal immigration is to deport more people faster.”
General Kelly said U.S. Border Patrol agents need to be allowed to go after illegals, and he criticized the Obama administration for giving “a pass” to illegal immigrants caught inside the U.S. and to the cities and counties that shield them.
“I don’t think I have the authority to pick and choose what laws need to be followed. I think it’s, in a lot of ways, dangerous to think you can pick and choose laws,” he told senators, referring to the fact that all the necessary laws to control the invasion were already on the statute books, and just needed to be enforced.
General Kelly insisted on repeatedly using the phrase “illegal immigrants”—a word never used by the Obama regime and the controlled media, who prefer using words such as “migrants” or “undocumented migrants.”
He also declined to say whether he would use information from applications lodged by the so-called “Dreamers”—those juvenile illegals who took advantage of an Obama executive order giving them permission to stay—to target them for deportation.
General Kelly also refused to be drawn on a target for how many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants were going to be deported, but, he said, he believed that “very large numbers” need to be deported, and quickly.
“I believe that rapidly processing and returning aliens to their countries of origin in significant numbers will help to immediately and significantly reduce the number of individuals and groups trying to enter the country illegally,” he said.
“It will not be worth the investment of their life savings to get here, and it will not be worth making the dangerous trip north, if they know they will quickly be put on a bus or aircraft and returned south.”
He went on to say that as head of the DHS, he would do more to control drug abuse, pointing out that substance abuse “feeds the cartels and other criminal gangs that have destabilized countries to the south.”
As a former commander of the U.S. military’s Southern Command, General Kelly controlled all American forces in the Caribbean and Central and South America, a tour of duty which allowed him to become familiar with the “the forces driving illegal immigration and at the cartels that control migration and drug trafficking in the Western Hemisphere.”
He added that the “porous U.S. border” was the “greatest threat to homeland security and that getting a handle on the problem is his top priority.”
He also expressed his skepticism about other Obama regime policies, including allowing illegal immigrants to sign up for military service, cutting back on cooperation with state and local police for enforcement of immigration laws, and broad use of “prosecutorial discretion” to avoid deporting most illegal immigrants.
“I believe that there is a role for traditional prosecutorial discretion, but we cannot refuse to enforce the laws on the books,” he said, before adding that he backed Donald Trump’s campaign pledge for a wall with Mexico as one part of a “layered” approach, which also would include technology and manpower.