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Guatemala leader says DHS chief says no mass deportations

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, left, and Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Morales give a joint press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, left, and Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Morales give a joint press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly attends a press conference at Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly attends a press conference at Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly waves to photographers as he arrives to the National Palace for a meeting with Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly waves to photographers as he arrives to the National Palace for a meeting with Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has visited Guatemala, where he reportedly assured officials there won't be mass deportations by the Unites States.

Kelly did say that President Donald Trump has directed his department to intercept people entering the U.S. illegally and "return them to their countries of origin as fast as possible."

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said after his Wednesday meeting with Kelly that "the most important thing is that they have told us that there will not be mass deportations, and that they will be focused precisely on those people who represent a security threat or who have committed a crime."

Kelly focused on discouraging Guatemalans from making what he called the "very, very dangerous" trip through Mexico trying to reach the United States.