DHS Chief Kelly: ‘We’re Not Hiding Behind a Wall’

DHS Secretary John Kelly defended the plan for a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, while rejecting a claim made by former President Barack Obama. “We’re not hiding behind a wall. We’re constructing a physical barrier backed up by technology and, of course, the great men and women of the Customs and Border Protection to simply safeguard our southern border,” Kelly told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program on Friday.

“It’s not going to impede in any way the legal crossing of millions of people a week, Mexicans and all other nationalities, Americans going south and north. Normal commercial traffic will move. You can’t defend anything by hiding behind something.”

Kelly was responding to a Thursday statement by Obama, where he said, “In this new world that we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.”


Kelly was asked about whether the U.S. should anticipate an attack like what happened in Manchester.

“The reality is they’re attempting everything all the time,” Kelly told host Charlie Rose. “The very, very good news, is that we have tremendous professionals fighting the away game for us.”

Information from ordinary Americans is vital, Kelly continued, and “every citizen, in my view, is an intelligence collector, not in the sense of watching people too closely. But if you see something, say something.”



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: