White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly thinks Mexico could descend to Venezuela’s level as a borderline failed state.

Kelly has extensive experience monitoring the security environment in Mexico, first as the commanding general of the U.S. military command responsible for Latin America and then as President Donald Trump’s homeland security secretary.

Based on his evaluation of Mexico’s security situation and political stability, Kelly believes there is a real danger the country’s government could collapse under the weight of brutal drug cartel violence and intractable corruption, according to a New York Times report.

Kelly laid out his assessment Wednesday during a White House meeting about a legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the discussion turned to border security measures that could be included in an amnesty bill, Trump called Kelly into the meeting to offer his take on the situation.

The chief of staff, who has repeatedly warned about the dangers posed by cross-border cartel activity, said tighter border enforcement and a stouter barrier were needed to deflect criminal activity from America’s southern neighbor. Kelly reportedly compared Mexico to…

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