John Kelly: 'Even a single DUI' could lead to deportation proceedings

Pamela Taylor whose home is on the south side of the border fence stands near a sign she erected in Brownsville Texas. The last time U.S. officials built a barrier along the border with Mexico they left

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has changed how they take into account levels of criminality, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday's "Meet The Press".

Kelly previously served as the head of U.S. Southern Command, often dealing with narcotics smuggling from Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Unlike Sessions, Kelly doesn't have much say in how the United States prosecutes drug offenders.

"It is a potentially risky gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs", Kelly said, adding: "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". He is expected to pursue harsher punishments for using and distributing marijuana, which were relaxed under President Trump's predecessor, as The Washington Post's Sari Horowitz has reported.

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".

He indicated that now, convictions for driving under the influence could start the process toward deportation.

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SEC. JOHN KELLY: It's three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico.

Those three drugs, Kelly added, had killed more than 50,000 people in the United States in 2015, along with opiates, and had cost the country some $250 billion. "And cocaine that comes up from further south".

Kelly referred to the "vast tonnages" of marijuana and hard drugs that "TCOs" - transnational criminal organizations - move across the border from Mexico.

Kelly told Todd that arresting drug users won't resolve the problem, rather, he said the steps for alleviating the drug crisis should be to first reduce drug demand in the US, then rehabilitation, law enforcement, and then targeting the origins of the drugs. 52,000 Americans. You can't put a price on human misery.

Criminal enforcement is essential to stop both the transnational cartels that ship drugs into our country, and the thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion to move their product. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. "Its use and possession is against federal law and until that law is changed by the United States Congress we at DHS along with the rest of the federal government are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books".

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