John Kelly

John Kelly has most recently been quoted in an article called Watchdog investigating DHS for alleged misconduct by immigration officials at airports. John Kelly said, “Many immigrants who had been thoroughly vetted and cleared by a variety of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies were detained for extended periods of time, denied access to legal counsel and in some cases forced to abandon their lawful status and return to their respective countries of origin.”. John Kelly has been quoted a grand total of 54 times in 46 articles.

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Many immigrants who had been thoroughly vetted and cleared by a variety of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies were detained for extended periods of time, denied access to legal counsel and in some cases forced to abandon their lawful status and return to their respective countries of origin.

I have known him for a long time. Yes he was a member of the IRA, but he turned that around and became a man of peace.

The early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters.

At present, more than 300 persons who came to the United States as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities.

Preventing and responding to terrorism at home encompasses thousands of national security personnel across the federal government – in effect, we admit individuals at risk for terrorism and then try to identify and stop them from carrying out their terrorist activities. This places unacceptable stress on our law enforcement resources, which could be better spent on other efforts to weaken those terrorist organizations, protect the homeland, and safeguard our national security.

Yes, I am considering - in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network - I am considering exactly that. We have tremendous experience in dealing with unaccompanied minors. They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents. Let me start by saying I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America from getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States.

If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you.

I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America getting on this very, very dangerous network ... going through Mexico.

We cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.

Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake.

There will be no mass deportations.

Let me be very, very clear. There will be no, repeat, no mass deportations. And again listen to this no, repeat, no use of military force in immigration operations.

There will be no use of military forces in immigration. There will be no – repeat, no – mass deportations.

The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States.

We've asked for the U.S. for a review. We want Iraq to be removed from that list. And I have received positive messages from President Trump and others.

The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports. It's a good assumption and, as far as the visas go, ... if they're in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in.

I think their morale has suffered because of the job they were hired to do, and then in their sense, they're ... kind of hobbled or, you know, hands tied behind their back, that kind of thing. And now, they feel more positive about things. I bet if you watch the morale issue, you'll ... be surprised going forward.

Every time so much as a white guy with a clipboard is walking around, everyone runs into their apartments and locks the doors.

I don't have a clue. I'm stunned when people say, Well, we're not going to cooperate with you even in the event of convicted criminals. I promise you we'll work with you and will make no Draconian moves until I fully understand what a given locale might be doing or not doing. I am concerned in that we are unable to vet these folks who coming here in a more meaningful way.

We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say? If they don't want to cooperate then you don't come in. When someone says, I'm from this town and this was my occupation,' [officials] essentially have to take the word of the individual. I frankly don't think that's enough, certainly President Trump doesn't think that's enough. So we've got to maybe add some additional layers.

We can follow the money, so to speak. How are you living, who's sending you money? It applies under certain circumstances, to individuals who may be involved in on the payroll of terrorist organizations.

Going forward I would have certainly taken some time to inform the Congress and that's something I'll certainly do in the future.

Part of the reason I went down there, first and foremost, was to ask the people that know more about this than anyone else on the planet. There are walls there, parts of walls in strategic places in McAllen on the border. But do we need more wall? And they said, well, you know, secretary, we need ... to extend some walls; we need to fill in some places with physical barriers.

In retrospect, I should have – this is all on me, by the way – I should have delayed it just a bit so that I could talk to members of Congress, particularly to the leadership of committees like this, to prepare them for what was coming. Until the boom. We won't know until then.

In retrospect, I should have, and this is all on me by the way, I should have delayed it just a bit in order to talk to members of Congress, particularly leadership of committees like this to prepare them. Lesson learned on me. I should have slowed it down by a day, maybe two, and probably should not have put it out on a Friday as we did. My feeling is the vetting on the other end in those seven countries are suspect, and it is Mr. Trump's view, and my view, that we need to do a pause. It's entirely possible. Not until the boom.

The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in. That's the way I look at it. I really hope to have it done within the next two years.

I repeat, this is not a ban on Muslims. The homeland security mission is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, our values and religious liberty is one of our most fundamental and treasured values. It is important to understand that there are terrorists and other bad actors who are seeking to infiltrate our homeland every single day.

We knew it was coming. It wasn't a surprise that it was coming, so we implemented it. No member of the Homeland Security team ignored the court order nor would they ignore they court order.

We did know the executive order was coming. We had people involved in the general drafting of it. Clearly this whole approach was part of what then-candidate Trump talked about for a year or two. So we knew all this was coming. It is important to understand that there are terrorists and other bad actors who are seeking to infiltrate our homeland every single day. We cannot gamble with American lives … I will not gamble with American lives.

I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE.

There has to be really a layered defense. If you are to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, you'd still have to back that wall up with patrolling by human beings, by sensors, by observation devices.

I don't agree with registering people based on ethnic or religion or anything like that.

I'm not familiar right now where the upcoming administration is going.

These courts who violated their (the children's) constitutional rights weren't even inquired into. And because of that this inquiry is deeply flawed, it's incomplete, and many might call it a white-wash.

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