John Kelly says even 'single DUI' can start deportation process

President Trump's senior security advisor on Sunday warned North Korea to end its nuclear testing or face USA reprisals, and he called that country's leader a global threat.

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.

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".

"Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war", Kelly said.

'A law enforcement force, ' Kelly replied.

The DHS chief's comments came days after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during his tour of the southwestern border, told Border Patrol agents that the country is stepping into "a new era" of immigration enforcement, according to Politico. "But where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed".

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

"You have to remember that there's a system, a legal justice system in place", Kelly said.

Gen. Kelly stressed his getting to the root of America's drug problems over merely cracking down on dealers, users, addiction, and crime in the US - things more of AG Session's wheelhouse in the administration. "And that is execute and uphold the nation's laws", Kelly said.

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. "The law deports people. It's the United States criminal justice system - or the justice system - that deports people".

A foreign national is arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Trump made a crackdown on immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, focusing on both the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. There are people who came here as children.

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