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Homeland Security secretary stresses keeping US safe

  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks to the media at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., center, and Director of Field Operations United States Customs and Border Protection Christopher Perry, left, listen. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks to the media at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., center, and Director of Field Operations United States Customs and Border Protection Christopher Perry, left, listen. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, talks with Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., before a news conference at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, talks with Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., before a news conference at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, right, accompanied by Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., speaks to the media at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, right, accompanied by Sen. Gary Peters D-Mich., speaks to the media at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. Kelly observed northern border operations and met with DHS personnel, local immigration stakeholders and Arab American community members. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he told members of the Detroit area's Arab-American and Latino communities that he is committed to keeping the country safe without targeting anyone based on a person's ethnicity or religious affiliation.

The retired Marine general spoke to reporters after the private meetings that took place Monday in Detroit's suburbs. He also toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Detroit just across the river from Canada.

President Donald Trump has focused on building a wall at the Mexico border in an effort to boost security. He also wants to restrict immigration from six majority-Muslim countries, but federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked his revised executive order on the topic.

Messages left with some people who attended the meeting were not immediately returned.