Kelly says critical lawmakers should changes laws or shut up

Combined, the three drugs killed more than 50,000 people in the USA since 2015, said Kelly.

During a keynote speech at George Washington University - his first public address since being confirmed in January - Kelly said the department would be focusing its cybersecurity efforts on the federal government and critical infrastructure sectors, while streamlining operations.

On that issue, he could hardly be more removed from Sessions, who has balked at the idea that marijuana could be used as a painkiller or treatment for opioid addiction. The trafficker's biggest problem is not getting drugs, till now, into the United States. Nearly all produced in Mexico.

"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 previous year of 52,000 people", Gen. Kelly told host Todd.

Kelly also credited Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to the US-Mexican border in Arizona last week where he announced a series of strict regulations to stop illegal immigration, including ordering federal prosecutors to pursue charges against immigrants who commit crimes.

Kelly previously served as the head of U.S. Southern Command, often dealing with narcotics smuggling from Central and South America and the Caribbean. "And cocaine that comes up from further south". "It's a massive problem".

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Kelly said it will be up to Congress to help sort out how to treat the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the US, including the so-called "Dream Act" children brought illegally into the country by their parents or guardians.

"You've got to remember, there's a legal justice system in place", Kelly said.

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. Kelly isn't dismissing the scope or threat of drug trafficking; in fact, he offers it as one reason why the United States needs a physical barrier at the southern border. About a quarter of those arrests were immigrants who had no criminal history, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"And let me be clear about marijuana". Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.

In 2015 a LOT of people were arrested for marijuana.

Sessions later told reporters he believed "medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much", as The Post reported. The two positions are not entirely exclusive to each other, but they do clearly appear to delineate very different approaches by two departments that will need to work hand in glove in dealing with the situation.

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