Attorney General Jeff Sessions to talk about immigration at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field
Editor’s note: Information about the time of the event have been corrected, and information on who was invited has been added.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to speak to community leaders and law enforcement Thursday in Fort Wayne on the Trump Administration’s immigration priorities.
Sessions, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, will speak at 1:15 p.m. at Parkview Field. Fort Wayne Rotary Club, the Fort Wayne Business Forum, the Allan County Bar Association and law enforcement officers from the federal, state, and local level were invited to hear Sessions speak, said Kelly Laco, director of press advance at Department of Justice.
Sessions said Monday in a ruling that domestic and gang violence, such as that affecting Central Americans seeking escape to the United States, is not grounds for asylum, according to an Associated Press report.
“No country provides its citizens with complete security from private criminal activity, and perfect protection is not required,” he wrote.
Sessions and other administration officials consider the asylum system rife with abuse. The cases can take years to resolve in backlogged immigration courts that Sessions oversees and applicants often are released on bond in the meantime, according to The Associated Press.
An administration official said last month that the backlog of asylum cases topped 300,000, nearly half the total backlog. Despite President Trump’s tough talk on immigration, border arrests topped 50,000 for a third straight month in May and lines of asylum seekers have grown at U.S. crossings with Mexico, according to The Associated Press.
A group called People For the Common Good plans a rally against Sessions’ Fort Wayne visit at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Ewing Street, saying on its Facebook page, “Please come with signs to let him know that separating children from their parents at the border is unacceptable and is crossing a moral line.”