President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine General John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a report in The Washington Post earlier today. DHS is tasked with the enforcement of immigration laws and border security, among other responsibilities. Trump's pledges to curb illegal immigration and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would also fall to two of DHS's agencies, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
If you're asking yourself…who is General John Kelly? Kelly is an expert on Latin America and was head of the Southern Command, which is responsible for all U.S. military activated in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. During his tenure at Southern Command, Kelly focused on "teaching foreign militaries and law enforcement how to counter the powerful, wealthy drug cartels that perpetuate violence and drive people from their communities." For more on Trump's choice for DHS, read Military Times' profile piece.