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This is all about securing and safeguarding the southwest border but at the same time -- and this is critical -- making sure the free flow of legal movement and people and commercial interest north and south happen. And we're dedicated to that. yes, under the Obama administration they turned back a large number of individuals, but that's because it was a very open border almost.
If you are a terrorist with an Internet connection, like the one on your ever-present cellphone, you can recruit new soldiers, plan attacks and upload a video calling for jihad with just a few clicks, and thanks to new and ever improving and proliferating encryption and secure communication techniques, it'll be a lot harder to find you and stop you before you take innocent lives.
I was involved in all of the discussions in the situation room with the President and he was very open to anyone at the table talking, giving their ideas, there was give and take, and he took all of that in and made in my opinion -- I don't think he'd mind my saying this -- made exactly the right decision.
[Employees] are often ridiculed and insulted by public officials and frequently convicted in the court of public opinion on unfounded allegations testified to by street lawyers and street spokespersons, if lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws. Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.
I said it a lot back then, and I'm trying to do something about it now, that if there is -- when there is another terrorist attack in our country, if it comes from outside the country, up until 90 days ago, I wouldsay that that individual or individuals … get into the United States through the southwest border.
The President has told me, 'Kelly, go do it. We need to protect the Southern border in any way that makes sense,' the President knows that I'm looking at variations on the theme, and I have no doubt that when I go back to him and say, 'Wall makes sense here, high-tech fencing makes sense over here, technology makes sense over here,' I have no doubt he'll tell me to go do it.
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