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Sessions to visit Portland, protests expected
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland Tuesday to speak with local law enforcement officials about sanctuary cities.
The Attorney General, an outspoken critic of sanctuary cities, will make his remarks at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the USCIS — US Citizenship and Immigration Services — field office in Northwest Portland.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler — who strongly opposes Sessions' stance on immigration policy, will not meet with him.
When Commissioner Nick Fish learned of Sessions' visit, he posted on his Facebook page:
"Attorney General Sessions is in town–and we need to let him know that Portland stands with our dreamers."
Protesters are expected in downtown Portland during the time Sessions is in the city.
KOIN 6 News learned he will meet with local police officers, including the head of the Portland Police Association and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese.
Sessions is also scheduled to meet privately with Billy Williams, the US Attorney for Oregon.
Sessions is strongly pushing sanctuary cities like Portland to enforce US immigration laws or lose federal funding. But just last week a federal judge blocked efforts to withhold money for police from sanctuary cities.
Federal dollars for more officers will definitely be a topic of discussion with Sessions, local law enforcement leaders told KOIN 6 News.
Pot may also be a topic on the table in Portland. Sessions has scolded states like Oregon that have legalized recreational marijuana — which is still illegal under federal law.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.