Homeland secretary promises criminalization of marijuana

  • Homeland secretary promises criminalization of marijuana

Homeland secretary promises criminalization of marijuana

But he said morale in his department was low, and DHS employees have suffered from political pressures that had little to do with their work on the ground.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly called marijuana a "gateway drug" on Tuesday, a clear signal that the DHS's stance on marijuana reflects that of the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department, and the Trump administration.

Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly got real candid during a public speech in which he described the worldwide and domestic threats facing the United States.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Kelly gave a speech at George Washington University and said radical Islam in America is on the rise. "They hate the United States because we are a nation of laws, of rights and of freedoms". He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times.

Members of Arizona congressional delegation did not return requests for comment on the comments Tuesday.

Critics say the agency is too heavy-handed in enforcement operations, including arresting immigrants in the US illegally who do not have criminal records. He said unsafe criminals are being arrested or are hiding, fearing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for them. "We are completely blind to what they're capable of". Combined, the three drugs killed more than 50,000 people in the US since 2015, said Kelly. These are the cases we know about.

"It is fair to say that the definition of criminal has not changed, but where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed", Kelly told NBC News on Sunday.

"While more than 16,000 family units were apprehended at the border in December, only 1100 were apprehended in March", Kelly told his audience.

Under former President Barack Obama, the government followed a hands-off policy toward enforcing federal marijuana laws in states where pot was legal. He said the relationship between the Mexican and USA governments is now "in good shape". "It's, in a single year, we've lost almost as many Americans to drug overdoses as we lost in the entire WWI".

'The years have passed, we've grown accustomed to it, and now question all the security, all of the issues that we have put in place to secure the nation, ' Kelly complained. DHS agencies have reported a "sharp uptick" in cocaine seizures, and an increase in methamphetamine and heroin seizures this fiscal year. "Targeting people for this type of surveillance based on their religion or country of origin is clearly a form of discrimination", said Evan Greer, Campaign Director at Fight for the Future.

Kelly conceded that he does not think the department can "arrest their way out of this".

"The solution", he continued, "is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch-and-release practices of the past are over".