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DHS Secretary Kelly: Trump Executive Orders Will “Keep Our Citizens Safe”

Speaking at a press briefing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that President Trump’s refugee executive orders “will secure our borders, enhance the enforcement of our immigration laws, and keep our citizens safe by keeping foreign terrorists out of our country.”

“This is not a travel ban, this is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system,” Kelly said.

Kelly emphasized the benevolence of American immigration policy, calling it the “most generous in the world.”

Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security also quoted his Obama-era predecessor, Secretary Jeh Johnson in defense of the orders. “It is easier to play defense on the 50-yard line than it is on the 1-yard line,” Kelly said, quoting Johnson’s football metaphor.

Kelly also asserted that the Department of Homeland Security would follow Trump’s executive order “professionally, humanely, and in accordance with the law.”