Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

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

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

"Three things - methamphetamine, nearly all produced in Mexico; heroin, virtually all produced in Mexico; and cocaine that comes up from further south - those three drugs result in the death I think past year of 52,000 people", Gen. Kelly told host Todd. Particularly given the strong support Americans have recently cultivated for marijuana policy reform.

Kelly also said that reports of plans to hire thousands of immigration officers - which Trump called a "deportation force" at times during the campaign trail - was "a law enforcement force".

The comment came during a discuss regarding the flow of drugs to United States from Central America and Mexico; Chuck Todd asked Kelly if legalizing marijuana would hurt this.

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 USA, then rehabilitation, law enforcement, and then targeting the origins of the drugs.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to revive the war on drugs, and a crackdown on weed appears to be a major part of that. "And then getting at the poppy fields and the coca fields in the South".

"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 host Chuck Todd. Now a regular occurrence, the transfer of immigrants between the criminal justice system into the civil detention system has taken place since 1996 when the government expanded the types of violations that lead to mandatory immigration detention for those convicted of a drug-related "aggravated felony". Most deportations have been centered on high-profile crimes such as rape and murder. Are the laws on the books hard to enforce and they need to be changed? Deportations of non-citizens whose most serious conviction was for a drug offense totaled more than 260,000 between 2007 and 2012, the human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch revealed. He also called for the end of so-called "catch-and-release" policies, which allow illegal immigrants to remain in the USA freely while they await hearings on their legal status moving forward.

However, while ICE arrests are up, deportations are down, according to the Washington Post.

Kelly didn't exactly ask for nationwide marijuana legalization, but anyone in the the Trump administration speaking about rehabilitation before law enforcement with regards to the war on drugs is an improvement worth noting. "There are a huge number, as you know, of illegal aliens or undocumented individuals that have to be dealt with in one way or another".

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