Homeland Security Chief John Kelly had a closed-door meeting with House Democrats Friday afternoon saying lawmakers asked a lot of questions about how HSA was "enforcing the laws of the United States."
Some of the House members told reports upom leaving the meeting they were not satisfied with many of the answers Kelly had regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal program that protects people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
"I told them I have a lot of things on my plate - a lot of criminals to apprehend and deport that are here illegally," he said, pointing he was specifically focusing on people committing crimes beyond entering the US without proper documentation.
Kelly said some of the lawmakers may not have heard what they wanted to hear.
"The least of my worries right now: anyone who falls in the general category of DACA."
"There's always more to the story," he said of recent cases reported in Washington state and California concerning arrests of DACA recipients.
He said he has very strong feelings about immigraiton policies and DACA, and chooses "to vote those feelings every election."
"In this job, I am sworn to execute the law," Kelly noted.
"So long as the laws are on the books I have to enforce them."