He’s not wrong.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly offered a sharp rebuke to critics of his department on Tuesday. He told an audience at George Washington University that his employees are taken to task for merely enforcing the laws that Congress has already enacted, Politico reports.
Anyone who doesn’t like that approach to immigration enforcement should either change the law or “shut up”:
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.
At the same time, Kelly offered a bleak worldview similar to the one Trump has articulated: the country is continuously “under attack” by drug smugglers, terrorists, and other criminals who hate America and try to cross its borders—not at all the perception that most Americans have. Trump’s virulent opposition to undocumented immigrants is among his more controversial positions—one that critics charge borders on inhumane.
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.
What do you think? Should changing immigration law be on the 2018 Congress’s agenda—assuming Democrats can retake the House of Representatives?
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