Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly sought to assuage fears about immigration and travel during the annual National Governors Association meeting Sunday, CNN reported.
Kelly illustrated President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from certain Middle Eastern countries is "not about religion, it's not even about nation of origin," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told CNN.
"It's about the previous administration, under President [Barack] Obama and Congress that clearly identified there were these seven nations," Walker said, referring to the countries Trump singled out in his executive order. "The previous administration didn't feel confident they could get adequate information about the people coming in from those countries.”
Kelly said recently the administration is preparing a "tighter, more streamlined version of the first executive order."
According to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Kelly vowed not to turn immigration agents against all undocumented immigrants, but only the ones that entered the country illegally and took part in criminal activity.
"The general made it clear to me – I have some concerns, obviously, about the new regulations in place – and he made it very clear that the only folks they are going after, ICE agents, were those who come into the country illegally and have been involved in a criminal enterprise," McAuliffe said.
"If you were here just illegally then they were not going after you," he added. "They're only going after individuals who came illegally and have been involved in criminal enterprises. And they are not randomly stopping people. I took Gen. Kelly at his word."
Kelly recently vowed not to use military force while enforcing immigration law, prompted by Trump's calling his new deportation policies "a military operation."
'There will be no use of military forces in immigration," Kelly said, according to The Washington Times.
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