Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday reacted to criticism of his approach to immigration enforcement, with a sharp rebuke. He said, at George Washington University, that his employees are taken to task for merely enforcing the laws that Congress has already enacted, reports Politico.
Kelly slammed critics saying that anyone who dislikes his department’s approach to immigration enforcement should either change the law or “shut up”. He said, “If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws. Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.”
However, Kelly also offered a grim worldview that goes in line with Trump’s view. He said that America has been vulnerable to the attacks of drug smugglers, terrorists, and other criminals who despise the country and endeavors to cross its borders. Kelly implied that arguing that law enforcement officials do not always get the respect they deserve for protecting Americans.
“We will never apologize for enforcing and upholding the laws of this country. We will never apologize for carrying out our mission. We will never apologize for making our country more secure. We ask nothing more than respect and support,” Kelly continued.