“This is something I would really like you all to pay attention to because it is frequently misrepresented or misreported” in the media, Kelly said Thursday at a joint news conference in Mexico City with Tillerson and Mexican officials. “Let me be very, very clear: There will be no — repeat, no — mass deportations. Everything we do in DHS will be done legally and according to human rights and the legal justice system of the United States.”
President Donald Trump had predicted Thursday’s visit to Mexico would be a “tough trip” for Tillerson, whose trip to Mexico City comes as tensions between both nations have been further inflamed by newly released guidance empowering U.S. officials to detain and deport immigrants. Among other guidelines, this week’s memos seek to deport all undocumented immigrants who enter through Mexico back to Mexico, regardless of their country of origin.
“Right now, Rex, who, as you know, he’s in Mexico. I said, ‘That’s gonna be a tough trip,’ because we have to be treated fairly by Mexico,” Trump said Thursday, ahead of a listening session with manufacturing executives at the White House. “That’s gonna be a tough trip.”