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January 11, 2017

All the right words
Should we trust but verify?

"If confirmed, my highest priority would be to close the border to the illegal movement of people and things."
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Homeland Security pick cites securing border as top priority
   
 Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security says closing the border to the "illegal movement of people and things" will be his top priority if confirmed. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly outlined his priorities in a detailed questionnaire to senators. The questionnaire was released Tuesday ahead of Kelly's confirmation hearing later in the day.
 From questionnaire (attached)
    13. If confirmed, what would be the highest priority items you would focus on? What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure?
   If confirmed, my highest priority would be to close the border to the illegal movement of people and things.
    Achieving this priority starts with physical obstacles like a border wall and supporting surveillance technologies, and then requires constant patrol by the dedicated men and women of the Department and local law enforcement in enforcing the law.
    19. What do you see as the greatest threat to the homeland, and how will you work to mitigate that threat if confirmed as DHS Secretary?
    In my view, the number one threat to the nation is that we do not have control of our borders. Without control, every other kind of threat --- —drugs, illegal migrants, counterfeit manufactured goods and pharmaceuticals, diseases, terrorists, and the list goes on --- —can enter at will, and does.
    34. Based on your experience as the former commander of U.S. Southern Command, please discuss the challenges DHS and its components face in preventing illegal import and entry as well as export and exit. How would you plan to address these challenges?
    The primary challenge is our unsecure border. Transnational organized criminal organizations make massive profits from moving people, goods, things, weapons, and cash in and out of the United States.
    42. The DHS Border Security Metrics Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act. These requirements call on DHS to create consistent, transparent, informative metrics to measure the security across all of our borders. If confirmed, will you commit to work diligently to deploy these metrics?
    Should I be confirmed, I will.
    Kelly embraced Trump's call for a strong border wall with Mexico. He said that achieving his top priority of shutting down illegal movements "starts with physical obstacles like a border wall and supporting surveillance technologies." He said it will also require constant patrols from federal and local law enforcement.
American Border Patrol
TRUST BUT VERIFY
 
   Just as with Operation B.E.E.F. ten years ago, American Border Patrol is preparing a plan to see how well General Kelly is keeping his promises.

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