Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

DHS chief: Terror risk as high as on 9/11

DHS chief: Terror risk as high as on 9/11

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.

"Let me be clear about marijuana", Kelly said during comments at George Washington University in D.C.

"The solution is not arresting a lot of users", Gen. Kelly told Todd.

During an interview Sunday with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, though, the secretary indicated that the threshold for deportation will be much lower under President Donald Trump.

"Additionally, science tells us that it is not only psychologically addictive but can also have profound negative impact on the still developing brains of teens and up through the early 20s", Kelly said.

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

"I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store", he said in March.

Those changes came on the heels of Trump's executive order calling for the deportation of illegal immigrants who "have been convicted of any criminal offense", "have been charged with any criminal offense", "have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense", or "are subject to a final order of removal". 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.

According to Kelly, the FBI now has open terrorism investigations in all 50 states, and since 2013, there have been 37 ISIS-linked plots to attack the US.

"Men and women who will do their jobs in the future as they've done them in the past".

Kelly said stepped-up enforcement has had a dramatic effect. Those "lie detector" tests are used in part to identify potential employees who may be susceptible to bribes by, for example, drug cartels.

Democrats also distributed a 30-page document from Customs and Border Protection that outlined where the agency planned to build new structures or replace aging infrastructure along the border. The backgrounds of potential DHS agents is "vetted extensively", he said.

Meanwhile, Kelly defended the U.S military's decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in an attack on Islamic State positions in Afghanistan.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, said in 2016 that Trump and his Democratic Party presidential competitor, Hillary Clinton, weren't willing to acknowledge that USA and coalition ground troops would be needed to defeat Islamic State, and that "you're not going to win this thing by dropping bombs".

I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use.

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