AG Ses­sions to visit Lack­awanna Col­lege

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL/STATE - BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: bkrawcze­niuk@ timessham­; 570-348-9147

U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions will visit with lo­cal as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­neys on Fri­day be­fore speak­ing about im­mi­gra­tion and law en­force­ment at Lack­awanna Col­lege, U.S. At­tor­ney David Freed said Wed­nes­day.

Freed, the chief fed­eral prose­cu­tor for the mid­dle district of Penn­syl­va­nia, said he does not know how Ses­sions set­tled on speak­ing at the col­lege. He said the at­tor­ney gen­eral makes a point of vis­it­ing U.S. at­tor­ney of­fices like the one at the Wil­liam J. Nealon Fed­eral Build­ing and United States Court­house in down­town Scran­ton.

“He likes to know what we’re work­ing on,” Freed said.

At the col­lege, Ses­sions will ad­dress the lat­est class of cadets sched­uled to grad­u­ate later in the day from the school’s po­lice academy.

“It’s a quick visit, but it’s a packed sched­ule,” he said.

The vis­its are not open to the pub­lic.

How­ever, some mem­bers of the pub­lic plan to protest out­side the col­lege over Ses­sions’ im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment poli­cies.

Since tak­ing of­fice last year, the at­tor­ney gen­eral has led a crack­down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and a drive to al­ter rules gov­ern­ing im­mi­gra­tion. They in­clude sep­a­rat­ing adults try­ing to en­ter the United States from their chil­dren af­ter they cross the U.S. border from Mex­ico.

Tem­ple Hesed Rabbi Daniel Swartz said he and mem­bers of the lo­cal Latino com­mu­nity will rally across the street from the col­lege. “It’s in­hu­mane,” Swartz said. Ef­forts to reach Lack­awanna Col­lege Pres­i­dent Mark Volk were un­suc­cess­ful.

Over the years, the school has hosted vis­its by sev­eral pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump twice be­fore his elec­tion in 2016. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph Bi­den spoke there to pro­mote a plan to em­pha­size higher ed­u­ca­tion in Au­gust 2013.

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