However, Kelly doesn't support legalizing marijuana, calling it a gateway to stronger drugs.
"As Kelly put it previous year, Latin American countries could look at USA marijuana legalization efforts and say, "'Why would we do more [to deal with drug cultivation] when you seem to be legalizing this stuff?'"
Together, meth, cocaine, heroin and other opiates resulted in the deaths of some 52,000 Americans in 2015, Kelly said.
"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asks Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly if deporting millions of people is "the best use of money".
"The solution is not arresting a lot of users", he said. "The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch-and-release practices of the past are over". "And then getting at the poppy fields and the coca fields in the South".More news: South African president accuses protesters of racism
Kelly's delegitimizing of marijuana as "not a factor in the drug world" seems to fuel recent criticism of inconsistencies in the Trump administration.
In the interview, Kelly also said that a military strike from North Korea is unlikely amid growing tensions, but noted that the country is a digital danger. Most deportations have been centered on high-profile crimes such as rape and murder. He is now reviewing the Cole Memorandum, a set of guidelines established in 2013 that direct DOJ to focus marijuana enforcement efforts on violent crimes and distribution in states without legalization laws. Deportations of non-citizens whose most serious conviction was for a drug offense totaled more than 260,000 between 2007 and 2012, the human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch revealed.
A foreign national is arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.. Immigrants could also buy marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington and transport it to another state that has not eased its marijuana laws. "There's more violence around marijuana than one would think", he remarked in February.
Kelly didn't exactly ask for nationwide marijuana legalization, but anyone in the the Trump administration speaking about rehabilitation before law enforcement with regards to the war on drugs is an improvement worth noting. "The kind of money they can offer an attorney general in Guatemala or a police chief in Mexico City, the kind of money they can offer - and if you don't take the money they're happy to send your youngest child's head to your home in a plastic bag".