President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security chief, John Kelly, reportedly had tense exchanges with Arab and Latino leaders during meetings in Michigan this week.
During a meeting on Monday with Arab-American and Muslim representatives in Dearborn, just outside Detroit, Nabih Ayad, a civil-rights leader and lawyer who founded Dearborn’s Arab American Civil Rights League, told the Detroit Free Press that he pressed Kelly about executive orders targeting six Muslim-majority nations.
“He stood up and walked away almost,” Ayad told the Free Press. “He said, ‘I’m leaving unless you decide to stop your questions and have someone else ask a question.’ … He actually got out his seat.”
Later in the meeting, Kelly said that “generally” every foreign and American citizen arriving in the US moves “straight through the process.” But, he added, “A very tiny number are set aside for additional screening that’s not based on religion or color or politics, and I reject anyone that makes that claim.”
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