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Homeland Security chief: No mass deportations...Sessions: Private prisons OK...Stocks close mixed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.



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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is pledging that the U.S. won't enlist the military to enforce immigration laws. And he says "There will be no — repeat, no — mass deportations." Kelly spoke in Mexico City after he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with their Mexican counterparts today. Kelly said all deportations will honor human rights and the U.S. legal system. President Donald Trump said earlier at the White House that the deportation push was a "military operation."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his support for the federal government's use of private prisons, rescinding a memo meant to phase out their use. A memo signed in August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time, told the Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its use of privately run prisons. She said the facilities were less well run than those managed by the Bureau of Prisons, and were less necessary given declines in the overall prison population.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will speak to Congress next week on a number of topics, including defense, border security and taking care of the nation's veterans. Spokesman Sean Spicer says the president will also discuss his plans for improving the nation's economy. The address will be on Tuesday.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More than 50 million people are under threat of severe weather, as a storm system that pummeled California moves into the Midwest. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says nasty weather will ramp up tomorrow from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have struggled to a mixed close on Wall Street, as losses in industrial and small-company stocks mostly outweighed gains in high dividend-payers like utilities. The Dow climbed 34 points to 20,810, another all-time high. The Nasdaq dropped 25 points. The S&P edged up a point.

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