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John Kelly has most recently been quoted in an article called Trump’s threat to North Korea contrasts with calm reassurances of other administration officials. John Kelly said, “Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”. John Kelly has been quoted a grand total of 161 times in 98 articles.
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Jul 17 2017

Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers. As a demonstration of the administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, D.H.S. is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Immigration

It supports critical aviation security, disaster relief, cybersecurity, and immigration enforcement measures, which are all essential to protecting our nation and preserving our way of life.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - G20

I cannot stress enough how valuable the US-Mexico relationship is to each of our nations.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Mexico

I acknowledged to my counterpart that America's insatiable appetite for drugs is the cause of much of the turmoil on both sides of the border.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Immigration

There is nothing the attorney general and I want more than to put human smugglers out of business. And we will do everything in our power – and within the law – to end the flow of illegal migration.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Immigration

It is beyond my comprehension why federal, state and local officials sworn to enforce the laws of the nation, as I am, would actively discourage or outright prevent law enforcement agencies from upholding the laws of the United States.feedback

Jun 28 2017

I told my folks I didn't want to come anywhere near close to getting crosswise with the court. I think that's the right way to be a public servant.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Our enemies are constantly working to find new methods for disguising explosives, recruiting insiders, and hijacking aircraft. We cannot play international whack-a-mile with each new threat. Instead we must put new measures in place across the board.feedback

Jun 28 2017

We are not standing on the sidelines while fanatics hatch new plots. The US government is focused on deterring, detecting, and disrupting these threats.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Immigration

To say the least, my heart goes out to you.feedback

Jun 23 2017

Suicide is the ultimate act of control and power. Ending his own life was the icing on the cake. He accomplished what he wanted to accomplish.feedback

Jun 23 2017

He wanted to be in the spotlight. Fame brings power.feedback

Jun 23 2017

I think he [Cunanan] was looking for fame. His goal was to kill a famous man. He did, and he became infamous.feedback

Jun 22 2017

Investigators really didn't have what they felt was a concrete motive. I think he wanted power and control. He was looking to be famous and by killing Versace, he got what he wanted: He became infamous.feedback

Jun 16 2017

My action yesterday was just a little housecleaning.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

While we still welcome legal immigrants to tune of 1 million a year, we are no longer a friendly environment for illegal border-crossers.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

These are countries that are either unable or unwilling to help us validate the identities and backgrounds of persons within their borders. We'll let the chattering class and self-appointed critics talk about the name. I just hope that Congress sees the wisdom in what the president is trying to do, to protect America and its people, and that Congress are willing to work with those of us in the business of securing the nation.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

I can tell you right now that because of the injunction that I am not fully confident we are doing all that we can to weed out potential wrongdoers from these locations. Bottom line, I have been enjoined from doing these things that I know would make America safe.feedback

Jun 08 2017

We are looking right now at an additional 71 airports. This is a very serious constant threat to knock down an airplane.feedback

Jun 08 2017

For every senator or congressman who has your view, I have another who says, Don't you dare. This is about American jobs.'.feedback

Jun 06 2017

It's not a travel ban, remember. It's the travel pause.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Russia

I think there are numerous investigations that are looking into this. I think it's part of the Bob Mueller investigation, and I think there's a number of congressional committees looking into it. We have to make the assumption – and I will – that Jared Kushner is a great American.feedback

May 29 2017

Just because you have a back channel, if indeed that's what Jared was after, doesn't mean that he then keeps everything secret.feedback

May 28 2017 - Russia

It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable. Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing.feedback

May 28 2017

There's a real threat.feedback

May 24 2017

I think that is unavoidable until we can come up with a technology that you can just walk through and is perfect.feedback

May 22 2017 - Haiti

Haiti has made progress across several fronts since the devastating earthquake in 2010, and I'm proud of the role the United States has played during this time in helping our Haitian friends. The Haitian economy continues to recover and grow, and 96 percent of people displaced by the earthquake and living in internally displaced person camps have left those camps. Even more encouraging is that over 98 percent of these camps have closed.feedback

May 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

Tell the truth to your seniors. Even if it's uncomfortable.feedback

May 16 2017

The thing that keeps me up at night is the attempt of terrorist to take down an airplane in flight. In an abundance of caution we have decided at best to inconvenience passengers at certain airports on the way to the United States by making them put large electronic devices in their checked baggage. They can still bring their devices, but in their checked baggage. They are forced to read a book or magazine, or talk to their kids.feedback

Apr 26 2017

The name fits; we are giving ... for the first time a voice of their own to these victims.feedback

Apr 26 2017

They are the casualties of crimes that should never have taken place because the people who victimized them should have never been here in our country. There crimes in many ways were preventable...These victims of illegal aliens aren't data points, they're people. And they and their families deserve to be treated fairly.feedback

Apr 26 2017

Our mission is clear, and that is to acknowledge the exceptional damage caused by criminal illegal aliens and to support the victims of these preventable crimes.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Obamacare

I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding. You can either have a small tax cut that's permanent, or a large tax cut that is short term.feedback

Apr 23 2017

He will do the right thing for sure but I suspect he will be insistent on the funding.feedback

Apr 23 2017 - Mexican wall

I think it goes without saying that the president has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall. So I would suspect, he'll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding.feedback

Apr 23 2017

These people are caught between the law. The president obviously is sympathetic.feedback

Apr 23 2017

We're not targeting them. But, I just wish these kind of issues were dealt with legally by the United States Congress.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Immigration

Ideally the best place for us to pick up these illegal criminals is in jails and prisons. If they don't do that, then we have to go into neighbourhoods. We have to go into courthouses. We have to go wherever we can find them and apprehend them.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Marijuana

Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.feedback

Apr 18 2017

They are utterly without laws, conscience or respect for human life.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Marijuana

Let me be clear about marijuana. It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs. Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the United States Congress, we in DHS, along with the rest of the federal government, are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books. Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Marijuana

When marijuana is found at aviation checkpoints and baggage screening, TSA personnel will also take appropriate action. Finally, ICE will continue to use marijuana possession, distribution and convictions as essential elements as they build their deportation, removal apprehension packages for targeted operations against illegal aliens.feedback

Apr 18 2017

We have taken some decisions about that that we will likely expand,'' he said. He did not say how or when such changes might happen. That restriction, which was put in place a month ago, was based on intelligence reports indicating further effort by terrorists to develop homemade explosives that could be hidden in electronics and then manually detonated aboard a plane, according to people familiar with the matter.feedback

Apr 18 2017

It is fair to say that the definition of criminal has not changed, but where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Immigration

It's unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea.feedback

Apr 12 2017

The suggestion that such allegations even merit investigation is deeply offensive and has caused a great deal of upset and distress to the claimant.feedback

Apr 11 2017

He's definitely a character. He has this persona that he comes off as a sadist that's out to torture people and watch them fail, but he loves nothing more than to watch people succeed. My family farm has been there for 200 years. That's really why this particular race means so much to me.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Really what Barkley's about is discovering what your limits are. There's an extreme joy that comes with high probability of failure. If you're going out expected to win, that's cool, but when you accomplish something where the chances are very low that you'll succeed, it's really incredible.feedback

Apr 11 2017

This was without a doubt the toughest event I've ever done and I don't expect that I'll do any that are any tougher. It's designed to push you to your mental and physical limits and it definitely did that.feedback

Apr 10 2017

The vast majority of people will not be questioned in that way. We will do it when we think there's a reason to do it.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Mexico

It's a visual deterrent ... a slow-down, which gives the security guards on the inside a chance to respond. They say, Oh, it's OK for all these people to walk through Jim Chilton's ranch. I mean, they have no skin in the game.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I believe the defense of the southwest border really starts about 1,500 miles south.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Mexico

If the election were tomorrow in Mexico, you would probably get a left-wing, anti-American president of Mexico. That can't be good for America. It would not be good for America or for Mexico.feedback

Apr 05 2017

The start point is illegal status and then go to the priorities. They can go after an individual, under the law, if they are on the list because they are illegal. We're changing that; it's already changed. It won't last ... unless we do something, again, to secure the border. The wall. A physical barrier. All we know is that physical barriers do work if they are put in the right places.feedback

Apr 05 2017

We've seen an absolutely amazing drop in the number of migrants coming out of Central America taking that terribly dangerous route from Central America into the United States. It won't last unless we do something, again, to secure the border. The wall, or physical barrier, something to secure our border.feedback

Apr 05 2017

There is no way I can give the committee an estimate of how much it will cost. I don't know what it will be made of, I don't know how high it will be, I don't know if it's going to have solar panels on its side and what the one side is going to look like and how's it's going to be painted. It's unlikely that we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea. But it is very likely, I'm committed, to putting it where the men and women say we should put it.feedback

Apr 04 2017

These are the things we're going to think about. No one should take this as this is what we're going to do right now.feedback

Mar 31 2017

As a result, ICE officers and agents are required to locate and arrest these aliens in public places, rather than in secure jail facilities.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Immigration

Many immigrants who had been thoroughly vetted and cleared by a variety of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies were detained for extended periods of time, denied access to legal counsel and in some cases forced to abandon their lawful status and return to their respective countries of origin.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I have known him for a long time. Yes he was a member of the IRA, but he turned that around and became a man of peace.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Preventing and responding to terrorism at home encompasses thousands of national security personnel across the federal government – in effect, we admit individuals at risk for terrorism and then try to identify and stop them from carrying out their terrorist activities. This places unacceptable stress on our law enforcement resources, which could be better spent on other efforts to weaken those terrorist organizations, protect the homeland, and safeguard our national security.feedback

Mar 10 2017

The early results show that enforcement matters, deterrence matters, and that comprehensive immigration enforcement can make an impact. We will remain vigilant to respond to any changes in these trends, as numbers of illegal crossings typically increase between March and May.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Immigration

It could be, I think you could draw that conclusion. I'm undecided. It's something I don't quite understand, but it could be. When someone is stopped at the border and turned back, there's a reason why. What they say to the press is their business.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Mexico

I would argue that the fact that they're spending huge amounts of money to tunnel underneath the wall tells you that they can't get through it.feedback

Mar 09 2017

This trend is encouraging because it means many fewer people are putting themselves and their families at risk of exploitation, assault and injury by human traffickers and the physical dangers of the treacherous journey north.feedback

Mar 09 2017

Since the administration's implementation of Executive Orders to enforce immigration laws, apprehensions and inadmissible activity is trending toward the lowest monthly total in at least the last five years.feedback

Mar 08 2017

We will add to the ranks of the ICE and border protection people as fast as we can, but we will not lower standards and we will not lower training.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - Immigration

Stopping them somewhere well away from our country.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Immigration

We must undertake a rigorous review of our visa and refugee vetting programs to increase our confidence in the entry decisions we make for visitors and immigrants to the United States. We cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Mexico

Yes, I am considering - in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network - I am considering exactly that. We have tremendous experience in dealing with unaccompanied minors. They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents. Let me start by saying I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America from getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States.feedback

Mar 06 2017

If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Mexico

I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America getting on this very, very dangerous network ... going through Mexico.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Immigration

We cannot risk the prospect of malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives.feedback

Mar 06 2017

Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake.feedback

Mar 05 2017

I believe that the travel pause from all of those countries will give us time to evaluate those countries and the information they can provide us, which will ultimately lead to safety for the American people.feedback

Mar 01 2017 - Deportation

There will be no mass deportations.feedback

Feb 24 2017

Let me be very, very clear. There will be no, repeat, no mass deportations. And again listen to this no, repeat, no use of military force in immigration operations.feedback

Feb 23 2017

My best advice is to not do it.feedback

Feb 22 2017

You will be returned very quickly.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Immigration

The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States.feedback

Feb 19 2017 - Iraq

We've asked for the U.S. for a review. We want Iraq to be removed from that list. And I have received positive messages from President Trump and others.feedback

Feb 18 2017

The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first (order). And I will have opportunity to work (on) a rollout plan, in particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports. It's a good assumption and, as far as the visas go, ... if they're in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in.feedback

Feb 13 2017

I think their morale has suffered because of the job they were hired to do, and then in their sense, they're ... kind of hobbled or, you know, hands tied behind their back, that kind of thing. And now, they feel more positive about things. I bet if you watch the morale issue, you'll ... be surprised going forward.feedback

Feb 12 2017

Every time so much as a white guy with a clipboard is walking around, everyone runs into their apartments and locks the doors.feedback

Feb 10 2017

I don't have a clue. I'm stunned when people say, Well, we're not going to cooperate with you even in the event of convicted criminals. I promise you we'll work with you and will make no Draconian moves until I fully understand what a given locale might be doing or not doing. I am concerned in that we are unable to vet these folks who coming here in a more meaningful way.feedback

Feb 08 2017

We can follow the money, so to speak. How are you living, who's sending you money? It applies under certain circumstances, to individuals who may be involved in on the payroll of terrorist organizations.feedback

Feb 08 2017

We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say? If they don't want to cooperate then you don't come in. When someone says, I'm from this town and this was my occupation,' [officials] essentially have to take the word of the individual. I frankly don't think that's enough, certainly President Trump doesn't think that's enough. So we've got to maybe add some additional layers.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Going forward I would have certainly taken some time to inform the Congress and that's something I'll certainly do in the future.feedback

Feb 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

In retrospect, I should have – this is all on me, by the way – I should have delayed it just a bit so that I could talk to members of Congress, particularly to the leadership of committees like this, to prepare them for what was coming. Until the boom. We won't know until then.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Part of the reason I went down there, first and foremost, was to ask the people that know more about this than anyone else on the planet. There are walls there, parts of walls in strategic places in McAllen on the border. But do we need more wall? And they said, well, you know, secretary, we need ... to extend some walls; we need to fill in some places with physical barriers.feedback

Feb 07 2017

In retrospect, I should have, and this is all on me by the way, I should have delayed it just a bit in order to talk to members of Congress, particularly leadership of committees like this to prepare them. Lesson learned on me. I should have slowed it down by a day, maybe two, and probably should not have put it out on a Friday as we did. My feeling is the vetting on the other end in those seven countries are suspect, and it is Mr. Trump's view, and my view, that we need to do a pause. It's entirely possible. Not until the boom.feedback

Feb 07 2017

We won't know until then.feedback

Feb 02 2017

The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in. That's the way I look at it. I really hope to have it done within the next two years.feedback

Feb 01 2017

I repeat, this is not a ban on Muslims. The homeland security mission is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, our values and religious liberty is one of our most fundamental and treasured values. It is important to understand that there are terrorists and other bad actors who are seeking to infiltrate our homeland every single day.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - Immigration

I am confident that he will continue to serve as a strong, effective leader for the men and women of ICE.feedback

Jan 13 2017

I don't agree with registering people based on ethnic or religion or anything like that.feedback

Jan 13 2017 - Mexico

There has to be really a layered defense. If you are to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, you'd still have to back that wall up with patrolling by human beings, by sensors, by observation devices.feedback

Jan 12 2017

I'm not familiar right now where the upcoming administration is going.feedback

May 20 2009

These courts who violated their (the children's) constitutional rights weren't even inquired into. And because of that this inquiry is deeply flawed, it's incomplete, and many might call it a white-wash.feedback

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