'Let me step back and tell you that the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people.
During the interview, NPR's John Burnett asked Kelly about the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of immigrants crossing the border into the USA without documentation. "They don't integrate well, they don't have skills", Kelly said.
"I think the press, and maybe it's because only certain people talk and those people maybe leak or are sources - and maybe those people aren't as honorable as they should be", he said.
Kelly informed NPR on Thursday he's "a close relationship" with Trump, imagining that he spends approximately 8 hours each day with all the president.
Those comments also drew the ire of people online.
Kellys comments echoed ignorant and racist claims that have been made about immigrant groups in the past. I mean they, they seldom wrote or did the story you wanted to read, naturally, but they were really professional in trying to get the accurate aspect of every story", Kelly recounted, adding "it wasn't personal.More news: James Paxton throws no-hitter as Mariners beat Blue Jays
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"It's not that things were a disaster that first six months, but I believe they could have been better", he explained.
Several studies have shown that Latino immigrants actually learn English at a faster rate than past migrants from European societies.
The news outlet also spoke with the chief of staff about the administration's stance on immigration.
Critics accused Kelly of harboring deeply bigoted views.
"Its very striking", he said.
Jesuit priest James Martin called on Kelly to remember his own roots.
Kelly said many of those with temporary protected status, or TPS, resulting from natural disasters or conflict have lived in the United States for decades, and that Congress should act. As Splinter News points out, the Library of Congress still characterizes Kelly's Irish ancestors as having "left a rural lifestyle"; these "destitute" immigrants were "unprepared for the industrialized, urban centers in the United States".