What you need to know about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' visit to Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making a visit to Fort Wayne to talk about immigration Tuesday.
The remarks will be given at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., starting at 1:15 p.m. in the Suite Level Lounge.
Sessions will talk about the Trump Administration's immigration priorities.
On Monday, Sessions said that immigration judges should not consider domestic and gang violence when they consider applications for asylum -- something that would affect the status of thousands of would-be immigrants from Central America. The directive came in a 31-page department decision.
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Immigration remains a topic getting close scrutiny under the administration of President Donald Trump.
In the past week, the Department of Justice has also addressed the growing opioid crisis in America, adding to staff at offices across the nation. In the Northern District of Indiana, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced last Monday that he will receive four new assistant U.S. attorneys, three to fight violent crime and one for civil enforcement.
Sessions, a former U.S. Senator from Alabama, has at times found himself on the receiving end of criticism from his boss, the president. Trump has particularly chastised Sessions for recusing himself from matters involving the investigation into Russia and any potential connection to the Trump Campaign or to the White House.
On immigration, however, the two have found common ground. As both a member of Congress and as Attorney General, Sessions has taken a hard line approach that has generally been in-step with the president.
Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) issued the statement about Session's visit:
“We welcome the Attorney General to Fort Wayne and look forward to hearing his comments on immigration reform. Without question, our nation’s immigration policy is outdated, our system needs reformed and our border must be secured. Any solution to these challenges must include true border security and move away from misguided policies like chain migration toward a more merit-based approach. Hoosiers want Congress to work with the Trump administration to fix these problems, and I am committed to doing so.”