“Bottom line, I have been enjoined from doing things that I know would make America safer,” John Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee.
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday that terrorist organizations, like the Islamic State, are using refugee flows as a trojan horse to deploy operatives and conduct attacks.
Secretary Kelly was defending President Trump’s executive order, which bars refugees from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
“While some are endlessly focused on which label to apply to a single portion of the President’s E.O., the quarter-of-a-million professional men and women I have the honor of leading instead focus on the serious work of how best to secure this nation,” Kelly told the committee.
Kelly continued, “We know fully implementing E.O. would clearly and substantially increase our ability to secure the nation from those who seek to do us harm.”
“Since the President’s E.O. was announced we have seen … clear signs that terrorist groups like ISIS continue to use refugee flows as a trojan horse to deploy operatives and conduct attacks,” Kelly continued. “Yet the injunctions currently tie our hands when it comes to guarding against threats from those locations or from deliberate attempts to infiltrate refugee flows.”
Kelly then told the committee, “because of the court injunctions, for instance, I am not fully confident in our ability to prevent those who seek to do us harm from taking advantage of our generous immigration and visa system.”
Kelly concluded his remarks by explaining how these court injunctions are preventing DHS from keeping American’s safe, “bottom line I have been enjoined from doing things that I know would make America safer.”
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