[Los Angeles Times] L.A. visit by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions sparks downtown protest, arrests

(Los Angeles Times coverage of CLUE's participation in a coalition on June 26, 2018 protesting the Trump administration's cruel treatment of immigrant families.)

Screen_Shot_2018-06-27_at_7.10.25_AM.pngGuillermo Torres, interfaith organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, is arrested after joining street protest and rally against Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions that blocked Spring Street. (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday dismissed critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies as open-borders advocates during a speech in downtown Los Angeles that drew hundreds of protesters.

“The rhetoric we hear from the other side on the issue, as on many others, has become radicalized,” Sessions said during a speech to a criminal justice organization. “We hear views on television today that are on the lunatic fringe, frankly.”

He was greeted warmly by the crowd inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where he spoke. A man introducing Sessions to the audience assured him that he was “among friends today.”

Outside, it was a different story.


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