FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon before a crowd of about 250 people where he defended the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
Outside Parkview Field, where Sessions delivered his remarks, protesters gathered to voice their displeasure with the policy.
The following are the prepared remarks delivered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as provided by the United States Department of Justice.
Thank you, Tom for that kind introduction; thank you for your eight years of service to the Department of Justice, and congratulations on your appointment as United States Attorney.
Thank you to the Fort Wayne Rotary Club, the Fort Wayne Business Forum, the Allan County Bar Association—and most of all thank you to law enforcement officers from the federal, state, and local levels.
Thank you all for being here.
It is good to be back in the Hoosier state. On my previous trip, I enjoyed being with your dedicated and professional Attorney General Curtis Hill as we explored the 10 Point Coalition neighborhood.
This is an exciting and important time. We have an historic opportunity to—finally—fix an immigration system that has been broken for decades.
The American people have been begging and pleading with our elected officials for an immigration system that is lawful and that serves our national interest—one that we can be proud of. There is nothing mean-spirited about that. They are right, decent and just to ask for this.
But for more than a decade now, the elites and Washington insiders have prioritized the interests of certain corporate interests and activist groups over what is best for the American people.
Beginning in 2009, the previous Administration released most aliens apprehended at the border who requested asylum into the United States with a document asking them to show up for a hearing at some later date. Word spread quickly that by asserting a fear of returning to one’s home country, one could remain in the United States.
By Wane Staff Report for WANE NEWS
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