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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly makes a statement on issues related to visas and travel, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sec. John Kelly said the US doesn't 'have time to go after' all undocumented immigrants


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday undocumented immigrants in the U.S. without a criminal record were not targets for deportation.

President Trump's policies on immigration and deportation have been under fire as a former "Dreamer" who immigrated to the U.S. as a child was deported, prompting a lawsuit.

Trump told the Associated Press Friday that "'Dreamers' should rest easy" as his administration focuses on "the criminals." 

Kelly attempted to clarify Trump's stance.

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Kelly said on CNN's "State of the Union" that undocumented immigrants should not be afraid of reporting crimes to police, since they will not be at risk for deportation unless they have other crimes on their record. 

Reuters had reported previously that Latino people in Los Angeles were reporting fewer crimes out of fears they would be deported. 

Kelly's message conflicts with that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said that all undocumented immigrants are "subject to being deported."

Here's the interview where Sessions gave his take.

Sessions praised Kelly on ABC's "This Week," saying he had turned around the morale of Border Patrol members. He also insisted Trump's border wall is necessary, even as opponents say funding it would prompt a government shutdown.

Sessions reiterated his stance on deportation, but also agreed with Kelly that the U.S. was unable to track down and deport all undocumented immigrants. He prioritized immigrants involved in gangs and drug trafficking.

Obviously actions speak louder than words. His actions are pretty terrifying.
Saba Nafees, 'Dreamer' and grad student

Many people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program weren't comforted by Trump's promise. Trump has promised to crack down illegal immigration and speed up deportations, even after recently saying he "loves these kids."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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