Trump Official Says Marijuana "Not a Factor" in the War on Drugs

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. CREDIT AP

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. CREDIT AP

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made clear Sunday that President Trump is unwavering in his commitments to close US borders to illegal immigrants and remove those already in the county illegally but refuted the idea that the administration is assembling a so-called deportation force.

As ThinkProgress previously reported, the government's disproportionate response has resulted in immigrants being permanently barred from legalizing their status - or even worse consequences like deportation - regardless of the crime's severity and how many years ago the offense occurred.

That's the blunt assessment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday.

'Even a single DUI, depending on other aspects, would get you into the system'.

"There are places perhaps that a physical barrier or wall wouldn't be appropriate", Kelly said. "Fifty-two thousand Americans: You can't put a price on the human misery".

"Can you give me an example of somebody that wasn't deported before that you're deporting now?" It was just last week that the Attorney General fired off a letter to a legion of prosecutors and Justice Department heads announcing the formation of a task force that would reevaluate existing policies, including those pertaining to marijuana.

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According to him, the bombing was necessary because some of the tunnels were as deep as 40 meters and extremely hard to penetrate. Wali said dozens of other villagers also came out of homes and later he went near the border, where he met with other residents.

"For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era", Sessions said last week.

The attorney general also issued a memo Tuesday calling on federal attorneys to consider prosecuting anyone who harbors illegal immigrants, prioritizing those who protect violent offenders or are involved in transporting or protecting three or more people living in the USA illegally.

Contrary to Kelly's proposed solution, which would help ease overcrowding in the criminal justice system, immigrants convicted of marijuana possession are rushed through the prison to deportation pipeline. "And the law deports people".

Kelly then went on to explain that the three drugs, in conjunction with opioids, were responsible for claiming the lives of over 50,000 people in 2015, a problem that cost the nation $250 billion. Anyone can be ticketed or arrested for smoking marijuana in federal parks, after which they would be transferred over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.

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. There are people who came here as children.

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