Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, and while the media may want you to forget everything they’ve been saying the last few weeks, he’s been doing an excellent job so far.
At first criticism poured out that he was taking too long to make any decisions even though previous Presidents had taken far longer. Now Americans are more likely to hear the refrain that Trump is taking too long to decide because of his inexperience. Neither are remotely true.
PEOTUS (President-Elect of the United States) has been calmly and carefully choosing his top leadership posts, all the while parading in myriads more to Trump Tower just to stir up the media. And now he has made a profoundly wise choice for the head of the Department of Homeland Security, a particularly important position to a man who staked his campaign on strong immigration policies.
Associated Press has the details:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, whose last command included oversight of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, to run the Department of Homeland Security, people close to the transition team said Wednesday.
Kelly, who joined the Marine Corps in 1970, retired earlier this year, wrapping up a final, three-year post as head of U.S. Southern Command, which spanned some of the more fractious debate over the Obama administration’s ultimately failed pledge to close Guantanamo.
He served three tours in Iraq, and holds the somber distinction of being the most senior military officer to lose a child in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. His son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in November, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
With a strong military background, what, exactly qualifies him more than others with the safety of our homeland?
Immigration enforcement is a familiar issue for Kelly. Southern Command, based in South Florida, regularly works with DHS to identify and dismantle immigrant smuggling networks. It has partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an operation targeting human smuggling into the U.S. and helped with the rescue of children arriving alone at U.S. borders.
If immigration enforcement is prioritized the way Trump promised during his campaign, the department will be challenged with beefing up the screening of immigrants allowed to come into the U.S., and finding additional resources to track down and deport people living in America illegally. It will also need to find a place to house these immigrants while they’re waiting for deportation.
The first news broke in this Tweet from Politico:
— POLITICO (@politico) December 7, 2016
Expect to hear the left howl about General Kelly’s background and his commitment to securing our border, just as they have lamented over Trump’s seemingly hardline stance towards immigration. While there were other good choices out there for this position, including Sheriff Clarke, this pick should assure Trump supporters, and all Americans, that the new President plans to fulfill his promises to the nation.
Source: Associated Press