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Border Protection Commissioner Says It’s Impossible Not To Have Some Illegal Entries at Border

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump wants to seal off the border.

But U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske says it’s not possible to keep everyone out of the U.S.

“You’re certainly not going to have a border as long as we have with the government of Mexico that is going to not ever have anyone cross illegally,” Kerlikowske said Tuesday while visiting the San Ysidro Port Of Entry south of San Diego, according to a report by the TV station 7 San Diego.

CBP Chief: Central Americans Immigrants Are ‘Family Members,’ Don’t Pose Threats to Americans

Gil Kerlikowske

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border at alarming rates do not present a danger to Americans and can be handled by the CBP, the agency’s commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, said Sunday, according to ABC News.

“These are family members, these are not gang members, these are not dangerous individuals,” Kerlikowske told ABC News’ Jim Avila in an exclusive interview, his first since the crisis began. “I think that we all need to work through this problem together as Americans.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sharply disagreed, saying the National Guard should be dispatched to help alleviate the overcrowding and squalid conditions.

“He is absolutely and totally wrong,” Perry said. “The idea that there is equity and enough Border Patrol agents is totally and absolutely incorrect.”

White House Drug Czar Wants to be Chicago’s Police Chief

Gil Kerlikowske/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could there be another possible defection from the Obama administration?

The White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the Associated Press that he’s applied for the vacant spot as police chief of Chicago, where former White House aide Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor.

Kerlikowske, the former police chief of Seattle, told AP he “wouldn’t have applied for it if I didn’t want it.”

Drug Czar Says Feds Are Not Pulling Back on Busting Marijuana Farms

Confusion continues to reign over the nation’s policy on marijuana. California lawmakers want to tax the crop. The feds are against legalization. In Fresno County, Calif., federal and local agents in the past 10 days have seized more than $1 billion in marijuana crops and arrested 82 people.

By Marc Benjamin
The Fresno Bee

The federal government is not going to pull back on its efforts to curtail marijuana farming operations, Gil  marijuana-umledu2Kerlikowske, director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Wednesday in Fresno.

The nation’s drug czar, who viewed a foothill marijuana farm on U.S. Forest Service land with state and local officials earlier Wednesday, said the federal government will not support legalizing marijuana.

“Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine,” he said.

Kerlikowske said he can understand why legislators are talking about taxing marijuana cultivation to help cash-strapped government agencies in California. But the federal government views marijuana as a harmful and addictive drug, he said.

“Marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit,” Kerlikowske said in downtown Fresno while discussing Operation SOS — Save Our Sierra — a multiagency effort to eradicate marijuana in eastern Fresno County.

Marijuana plants valued at more than $1.26 billion have been confiscated and 82 people arrested over the past 10 days in Fresno County. The operation started last week and is continuing.

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Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to Be Named Drug Czar

New Drug Czar

New Drug Czar

Seattle Police chief Gil Kerlikowske appears to be a good choice for this job. One thing he’ll have to deal with immediately is the violent, out-of-control drug war in Mexico that is spilling over into the U.S. That should be one of his top priorities.

By Chris Cilliza
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Obama will name Gil Kerlikowske as the nation’s drug czar today, ending a long search that slowed as details of drug arrests involving Kerlikowske’s stepson came to light earlier this year.

The Obama administration will remove the job’s Cabinet designation — reversing an elevation of the office made during the presidency of George W. Bush — although one senior administration official insisted Kerlikowske would have “full access and a direct line to the president and the vice president.”

The source also noted that Vice President Biden was instrumental in the creation of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and would continue to be an outspoken advocate on the issue. (Further details on the nomination in a Post story by The Fix.)

Kerlikowske, who is currently the chief of police in Seattle, Washington, has long been speculated to be the frontrunner to serve as the drug czar. But, revelations concerning the arrests of his stepson, Jeffrey, on drug-related charges complicated the process and led some to draw unfavorable comparisons to the film “Traffic” in which the daughter of the man entrusted with overseeing the nation’s drug policy spirals into dependency.

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