At the Hill by JSwan and Katie Bo Williams --
By choosing former Marine Gen. John Kelly over Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — a move confirmed to The Hill Wednesday by a high-level transition source — Trump gains a nominee with extensive experience on the southern border but with less of a penchant for controversy.
While liberal groups are wary of the pick, they were prepared to go on the warpath against immigration hard-liner Kobach, who still might be nominated to be Kelly’s deputy.
As head of the sprawling department, Kelly will be at the forefront of Trump’s efforts to build a wall along the border with Mexico and round up undocumented immigrants.
The tough-talking general will also be responsible for turning some of Trump’s more controversial anti-terrorism proposals, like a Muslim registry or a ban on Muslim immigration, into reality.