AG Sessions to visit Lackawanna College
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.