DHS Secretary: Marijuana is NOT a Factor at the US-Mexico Border

Posted April 19, 2017

In the interview, Kelly also said that a military strike from North Korea is unlikely amid growing tensions, but noted that the country is a digital danger.

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. Beyond that, however, its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the U.S. Congress we in DHS are sworn to uphold all the laws on the books. On that point, Kelly said that DHS would enforce existing marijuana laws.

"It's time consuming, but at the end of the day they came here with a promise to leave, and we have to track them down if they're still in the country and put them in the proceedings to deport them", he said.

Critics have argued that the agency is too heavy-handed in enforcement operations, including arresting immigrants in the USA illegally whose only offense is being in the country without permission.

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'They're just waiting to see what actually does happen'. During the Obama administration, ICE agents were told to focus strictly on immigrants convicted of serious crimes or those who otherwise posed a threat to public safety.

Trump signed an executive order in February that vastly expands the powers of ICE and other border officials, which has resulted in an increase in the amount of undocumented immigrants arrested during the first few months of 2017.

In March, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested about 12,100 people trying to cross the border illegally. In the first three months of the Trump administration, 54,741 immigrants have been deported, a 1.2 percent drop compared to the same period a year ago.

The head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explained during an interview on "Meet The Press" that marijuana is scarcely America's biggest issue along the US-Mexico border.

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Kelly made his claim Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" during a discussion about the government's efforts to stem the influx of illegal drugs into the United States. "The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill - and then rehabilitation, and then law enforcement, and then getting at the poppy fields, and the coca fields in the South".

"The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished", Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University.

He noted some instances, such as new hires coming from the military, who may have already been subjected to the tests.

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