Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly minimized suggested hypocrisy of various President Donald Trump Cabinet leaders, saying Sunday "marijuana is not a factor in the drug world", despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' past tough talk on state movements to legalize the drug medicinally and recreationally. But you talked about the difficulty - you were trying to find partners at the time in Central America to help you with this, and the USA drug consumption, the US drug consumer, you thought as part of the problem in all of this. Kelly also said that solving the nation's drug issues doesn't involve "arresting a lot of users".
"The trafficker's biggest problem is not getting drugs, till now, into the United States - the biggest problem they had was laundering the money.
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".
"They have been asked to do more with less, and less, and less", Kelly said.
Kelly said it's the law of the land, not the discretion of immigration agents, that carry out deportations. Kelly said in that interview that the solution to drug problems in the United States was not "not arresting a lot of users". If marijuana was not a factor, sick patients would be able to get safe access to medical marijuana in every state in the country.
"When I was in the Marine Corps people would often say to me, 'Marine four-star, why are you so involved in this drug thing?' And my answer is because no one else is". Nearly all produced in Mexico.More news: Coutinho: Always Remember Jackie Robinson On This Day
In February, Kelly instructed Homeland Security to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional ICE officials in an effort to meet Trump's increased focus on illegal immigration.
"The attention being paid to the border certainly has injected into those people, and the vast majority of them are good people from Central America, but it's injected enough confusion in their minds, I think", Kelly said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "And cocaine that comes up from further south".
"And let me be clear about marijuana".
Pressed to elaborate on who wouldn't have faced deportation before but would now, Kelly said, "someone, as an example, with multiple DUIs".
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 US and coalition ground troops would be needed to defeat Islamic State, and that "you're not going to win this thing by dropping bombs".