WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein hailed the selection of Retired General John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), noting that the appointment will bring some much needed expertise and unwavering commitment to securing the nation's borders against terrorism and illegal immigration.
"General Kelly has spent his life defending our nation and fully understands the critical role border security plays in protecting the country from the threats of terrorism, uncontrolled illegal immigration, and drugs. He will bring a renewed commitment to controlling our borders and ensuring the safety of the American homeland."
Stein noted that under the Obama Administration, border security has been all but ignored, criminal aliens have been regularly released back onto the streets, and the men and women risking their lives working in immigration enforcement have been largely demoralized.
"General Kelly's commitment to the nation's security is without question, and his military expertise and experience fighting the influx of illegal drugs from Latin America gives him unique insight into the challenges faced by the nation's immigration enforcement agents, as well as practical knowledge of border deterrents," he said.
Stein also urged the consideration of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for a key position with the administration in immigration enforcement. "Kris Kobach has decades of hands-on experience working both in the administration and with communities on the frontlines of illegal immigration," said Stein. "He's an incredibly sharp constitutional lawyer who understands the law, and knows exactly what needs to be done to quickly regain control of the nation's borders," he said.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 500,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
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