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    Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary

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    CBS News December 7, 2016, 8:30 AMDonald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump points at U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly before their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 20, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.



    Donald Trump is tapping Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News confirms.
    The final request and acceptance, sources told CBS’ Major Garrett, occurred while Kelly was traveling in Europe. His pick for DHS secretary will be announced by the transition staff in the coming days.
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    Kelly is the third general tapped by the president-elect, joining Gen. James Mattis, Mr. Trump’s pick to become the next secretary of Defense, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s incoming national security advisor.
    Like Mattis, Kelly is a Marine with a reputation for bluntness.
    Kelly was the commander of U.S. Southern Command until earlier this year. In that posting, he oversaw American military operations in South America and Central America.
    Before that, he commanded American forces numerous times in Iraq, and spent a year as the top Marine in that country. He then was an aide to defense secretaries Leon Panetta and Robert Gates.
    Created after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security now employs nearly 250,000 people. Trump pledged repeatedly to better secure America’s borders on the campaign trail, and it is likely that Kelly, should he take the position, will be central to that effort.
    Unlike Flynn, Kelly did not endorse Mr. Trump during the campaign and indicated he would be open to serving in either a Republican or Democratic administration. He has also referred to domestic politics as a “cesspool” in an interview over the summer with Foreign Policy magazine.
    Kelly, who served nearly 46 years in the Marine Corps, is the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat since 9/11. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
    CBS News’ Major Garrett, Christopher Isham, Steve Chaggaris, and Arden Farhi contributed reporting to this story.
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    So Gen. John Kelly was commander of Southcom? I was really hoping for Kris Kobach or Joe Arpaio for head of DHS and I hope Donald Trump has something good in mind for those two. How do all of you feel about this appointment and Gen. John Kelly's record?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    So Gen. John Kelly was commander of Southcom? I was really hoping for Kris Kobach or Joe Arpaio for head of DHS and I hope Donald Trump has something good in mind for those two. How do all of you feel about this appointment and Gen. John Kelly's record?

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    I was hoping for Kobach as well. But I recently read an article (wish I could remember where) that the Dems were already lining up opposition to Kobach and that it would be a drawn out, contentious confirmation skirmish. Article also opined that in lieu of that, Kobach could possible be appointed assistant Director. Let's hope that's the case.
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    I don't know that much about Kelly but I'm willing to trust Trump on this. Selecting a 4 Star General to head this department tells me, Trump is very serious about ending illegal immigration in the United States under Executive Authority.
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    Donald Trump Taps Border Hawk And Retired Gen. John Kelly To Head DHS

    The president-elect’s Cabinet is shaping up to be a team of generals and billionaires

    12/07/2016 12:34 pm ET
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    Retired Gen. John Kelly, who headed U.S. Southern Command until earlier this year, is the latest person with a military background that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to serve as a Cabinet secretary.


    WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, a border hawk and yet another general, as his secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday.

    DHS could be extremely powerful under Trump because many of his campaign promises fall within its purview: building a border wall, ramping up deportations, creating a Muslim registry and enacting a ban on certain people entering the country.

    The selection of Kelly, a recently retired four-star general, to head the Department of Homeland Security, would add to the growing concern that Trump is increasingly filling his Cabinet and top advisory positions with generals ― particularly ones that clashed with President Barack Obama. (The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision.)

    Trump has already nominated retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as his national security advisor and Gen. James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary. Mattis has only been out of the military for three years, so he will require a waiver from Congress in order to head the Pentagon. In an attempt to guarantee civilian control of the military, current law requires the secretary of defense to have been out of active duty for at least seven years. The last Pentagon chief to require a waiver was George Marshall, who assumed the job in 1950, three years after leaving the military.

    The president-elect is also reportedly considering retired Gen. David Petraeus and Adm. James Stavridis for Secretary of State. Retired Gen. Jack Keane and Adm. Michael Rogers were previously in the running for top positions in the Trump administration.

    As Kelly and Mattis were floated for Cabinet secretaries, the two generals and former colleagues recommended one another during meetings with Trump, The Washington Post reported last month.

    Kelly has experience in DHS-related issues. Until earlier this year, he led U.S. Southern Command, which oversees the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba and operations in South and Central America. Kelly currently serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the secretary.

    He did not endorse Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but he said he was open to serving in either administration. Kelly criticized them both in a July interview with Foreign Policy, saying they were “not serious yet about the issues” with regards to generalized statements on national security. The election winner “will be in desperate need — and I mean desperate need — of military and foreign policy advice, because the world out there is just getting crazier and crazier,” he added.

    Kelly reportedly caught Trump’s attention based on a 2015 testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he said the government was “overlooking a significant security threat” on the southwest border from gangs and smugglers. They “could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders, potentially undetected and almost completely unrestricted,” he said. There was “not yet any indication that the criminal networks involved in human and drug trafficking are interested in supporting the efforts of terrorist groups,” he added.

    But Kelly has also expressed a more understanding approach than Trump’s to dealing with an influx of immigrant arrivals at the southwest border from Central America.

    “We have a right to protect our borders, whether they’re seaward, coastlines, or land borders,” Kelly told Military Times earlier this year. “We have a right to do that. Every country has a right to do that. Obviously, some form of control whether it’s a wall or a fence. But if the countries where these migrants come from have reasonable levels of violence and reasonable levels of economic opportunity, then the people won’t leave to come here.”

    Though Kelly said he never obstructed Obama’s efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, he has been publicly dismissive of the president’s claim that leaving it open provides terrorist groups with a recruiting tool.

    “Bombing the living shit out of ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, that would maybe irritate them more than the fact we have Guantanamo open,” he told Defense One just before retiring earlier this year. For terrorist groups and rights activists alike, “[w]hat tends to bother them is the fact that we’re holding them there indefinitely without trial.” That’s not the point of the facility, Kelly said. “If we send them, say, to a facility in the U.S., we’re still holding them without trial,” he added.

    Kelly has also pushed back against the idea that some prisoners ended up in Guantanamo Bay because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. “We can quibble over what they were doing on the battlefield when we took them, but every one of them is a bad guy,” he told NPR in March.

    Trump passed over others floated as potential DHS secretaries, such as House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The latter could still have a top role to fulfill his proposals for a Muslim registry and ramped up deportations ― he is reportedly being considered for deputy secretary.

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    Trump passed over others floated as potential DHS secretaries, such as House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The latter could still have a top role to fulfill his proposals for a Muslim registry and ramped up deportations ― he is reportedly being considered for deputy secretary.
    I would love to see Kris Kobach as Deputy Secretary. I also hope Sheriff Joe is in there somewhere at a high level and something good too for Jan Brewer if she's interested.
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    If the huffies call him a border hawk he must be good. ha! The left sure has a way with words.
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    Darn, I really had my heart set on seeing Kris Kobach in that position. I hope Trump's reason for not selecting him wasn't because he feared a fight in the confirmation process.
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    I find this:

    Kelly currently serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which makes recommendations to the secretary.
    and this ....

    But Kelly has also expressed a more understanding approach than Trump’s to dealing with an influx of immigrant arrivals at the southwest border from Central America.

    “We have a right to protect our borders, whether they’re seaward, coastlines, or land borders,” Kelly told Military Times earlier this year. “We have a right to do that. Every country has a right to do that. Obviously, some form of control whether it’s a wall or a fence. But if the countries where these migrants come from have reasonable levels of violence and reasonable levels of economic opportunity, then the people won’t leave to come here.”
    ... a little concerning.

    The man was already in an advisory position on a failed border security plan. Moreover, I see absolutely nothing that would qualify him to take care of our interior illegal immigration problems. Saying he is more humane on the plight of illegal immigrants doesn't exactly flip my excitement button.
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