"So how can you say this is not a ban on Muslims when that is precisely what he promised?" The president's executive order imposed a 120-day ban on refugees entering the US and a 90-day ban on most citizens of Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Syrians are banned indefinitely, while Syrian Christians are prioritized for entry.
"Of course, in their courtrooms, they're protected by people like me", he said.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the committee, said he - along with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey - helped put together a draft of the order during the White House transition.
"Going forward, I would certainly have taken some time to inform the Congress, and that's something I'll do in the future", Kelly said. Moreover, adding any enhancements if needed to USA vetting processes did not require a dramatic halt to refugee resettlement and travel from the targeted Muslim-majority countries, and certainly did not require an indefinite ban on the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Kelly said the goal for such fast implementation was to cut off any potential threats to the U.S. He largely defended the EO's implementation, saying reports of long lines in airports and disrespect against "people" were inaccurate. "We believe it is lawful and constitutional". "Very few attacks on US soil since September 11, 2001 have been traced to foreign nationals at all".
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"The desire was to get it out, the thinking was to get it out to quick so potentially the people were coming to harm us could not take advantage", Kelly said, echoing the Trump administration's claims that if the order was announced in advance, "bad" people could have rushed into the country.
Kelly also acknowledged before the GOP-led committee Tuesday that some of the order's core tenants are problematic but said "it's still my belief we will prevail". Kelly acknowledges that some places may be too rugged for a wall. He added that the methods of paying for the will are still being discussed within the administration. USA officials determined Russian hackers also targeted more than 20 states' voter registration systems during the election but that there was no evidence that tallies were altered when ballots were cast on November 8. "I would argue that, yes, we should keep that in place".
In his testimony Tuesday before a House panel, Kelly said a layered defense also starts with drug demand reduction in the United States.
His testimony comes after reports that executive agencies and Congressional leadership were left out of the loop, and didn't get to review the executive order until it came out.