DHS Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with their counterparts this week in Mexico City amid growing tensions over illegal immigration between the US and Mexico. Kelly told reporters that the US Military will NOT be employed as a deportation force and he also stated that there would be NO MASS DEPORTATIONS.
“Everything we do at DHS will be done legally and according to human rights and the legal justice system of the United States,” Kelly told reporters at the press conference in Mexico City. President Trump had earlier referred to the deportations as a “military operation” but WH Press Secretary Spicer told reporters the President used that term as an adjective. Spicer also told reporters that the National Guard would NOT be directed to conduct mass roundups of illegals inside the US. This was a reference by the Associated Press that Trump was considering using the National Guard for such an operation. “This is 100% NOT TRUE,” Spicer said. “It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this.”
Rumors have spread like wildfires among illegal residents in the US lately including rumors of mass sweep and raids being carried out by DHS agents across the nation. DHS has said this is not true either and that there are NO mass raids or roundups going on in the US.
Tillerson and Kelly also met with Mexican President Enrigue Pena Nieto and several Mexican ministers including the Mexican Foreign Minister where trade and immigration were discussed.
Tensions have been mounting between Mexico and the US ever since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency last November. Trump wants to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico has already said repeatedly that they have no intention of paying for the wall. President Trump and his aides have floated many ideas on how to make Mexico pay for the wall including slapping a 20% import tax on all Mexican imports coming into the US. Mexico has protested against this possibility as well. Today the government called for bids from construction companies for building the wall. Plans and bids are due by the end of March and construction of the wall is set to begin in mid-April. The wall already exists in some place erected by previous administrations but was never completed due to costs and political opposition.
Not all of Trump’s wall will actually be a physical wall as large sections of it will actually be an electronic wall. This past week DHS Secretary John Kelly put out a directive to ICE and the US Border Patrol directing them to begin enforcing immigration laws thus removing the yoke Obama had placed around their necks. Obama’s controversial “catch and release” directive was also voided and illegals will not be arrested and jailed instead of being cited and released with a court appearance date. Hopefully, the directive put out by Kelly this weak also removes the absolutely ridiculous Obama directive put into action by his DHS Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano which directed Border Agents to initially fire BEAN BAG round at smugglers firing back with AR-15s or other high power weapons. That directive is what caused the death of USBP agent Brian Terry a few years ago. He was following the directive and firing bean bags at some human traffickers and drug runners he encountered in southern Arizona. They were firing live AR15’s at him and they killed him!