Trump says the ‘federal government is going to start to make decisions that are very hard to enforce’
The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it is planning to begin issuing orders that it has been unable to do under a law that Congress passed in 2017.
The move is a significant shift from previous statements by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who previously said the agency was ready to start issuing orders, but only if they were “really tough” to enforce.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Kelly said the Department of Justice has been asked to develop a plan that could be implemented “in the near term,” but he was unwilling to say how it would be implemented.
“We are working with DOJ on a plan, but we’re not going to talk about it at this point,” Kelly said.
“I’m not going say anything that is not appropriate, that is legal, and we’re working with them on it.
If you are going to be in compliance with the law, you have to do everything that the law requires.”
Asked if that meant the department would start issuing more orders, Kelly responded, “We’re going to make those orders, we’re going for the hard ones.”
Kelly did not say when the orders would be issued, but he did say they would be “very difficult to enforce.”
“You will see us enforce the law very vigorously,” he said.
“But it will take a long time.
There’s a long process of getting the necessary approvals and then getting that order approved, which will take months, years.”
Trump has repeatedly expressed his desire for DHS to issue orders that are “really hard to comply with.”
In December, he told a meeting of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, that DHS “is doing a really good job” enforcing the law and that the “bad ones are going away.”
Kelly, however, said in the same interview that he does not think DHS can start issuing the orders.
“It will take time.
We’ll get the proper approvals, we’ll get them approved in a timely manner,” Kelly told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.”
That is a very hard thing to do.”
Kelly also said in a speech on Feb. 16 that DHS was “not going to stop enforcing the laws of the United States.”
“We’re not just going to have to sit and wait.
We’re going get things done, and those things are going do their job,” he added.