Secretary of Homeland Security assures National Guard will not be rounding up illegals

Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, toured New Mexico National Guard Apr. 29-30, 2016. Grass began his visit at the Army Aviation Support Facility then was flown via Army UH-60 Black Hawk to the southern section of New Mexico. He met with local Border Patrol officials as well as the leadership of the NMNG Counterdrug Program then toured the international border aboard an LUH-72 Lakota piloted and crewed by Army National Guardsmen.

National Guard troops who have heard rumors on the news about possibly being used to round up illegal immigrants can go ahead and put their deployment plans on hold- the Secretary of Homeland Security says it isn’t going to happen.

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly ruled out the idea of a military operation involving pushing illegals out of the country, following meetings with Mexican officials on Thursday.

Kelly’s words counter those of President Trump -who only hours before called his new deportation policies a “military operation”- and a recently a leaked memo suggesting National Guard troops being used to round up illegal immigrants.

“There will be no use of military forces in immigration,” he said, urging the press that “at least half of you try to get that right.”

According to The Washington Times, Mexican officials were angered by the idea of swifter deportations of illegals by the United States, as well as requests to help the US stem illegal immigration more fervently.

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