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Latest: Homeland Security Sec. Kelly Appears Before Congressional Committee

On January 25, 2017, John F. Kelly was ceremonially sworn in as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security by Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly's family look on.
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On January 25, 2017, John F. Kelly was ceremonially sworn in as the fifth Secretary of Homeland Security by Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump and Secretary Kelly's family look on.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he wishes the rollout of President Donald Trump's travel ban had been delayed until he had a chance to prepare lawmakers for what was coming. Kelly's comment is the most direct acknowledgment by a high-level administration official that the rollout of Trump's executive order had been mishandled.

Kelly spoke briefly today at a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing examining the order, which temporarily stopped entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and also temporarily bars the admission of refugees.

A court has blocked the order, but the administration is appealing. Kelly defended the order saying it will enhance public safety "for all our citizens." Kelly said he believes it is constitutional and that Trump's review of immigration policies is necessary.

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