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Sessions Defends Trump Administration's Immigration Plan In Fort Wayne

Sessions says fleeing domestic or gang violence will no longer be a valid reason to receive asylum in the U.S. 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in Fort Wayne today. The primary focus of his talk was on immigration. 

The visit comes as House Republicans agreed on a bill to protect "Dreamer" immigrants. But Sessions is defending a new push from the Trump Administration to prosecute all illegal entries into the United States.

"We have an opportunity to fix an immigration system that has been broken for decades," Sessions said to the gathering in Fort Wayne. "I believe it's moral and right and just that we have a lawful system of immigration."

Sessions added that fleeing domestic or gang violence will no longer be a valid reason to receive asylum in the U.S. 

The administration is facing growing heat over the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has called it "barbaric."

As far as the legalization of marijuana though, Sessions told 93 WIBC's Tony Katz he needs more convincing as to it's use to treat medical issues like PTSD in veterans. 

"While you could perhaps extract certain things from marijuana and use it as medicine I think that's possible," Sessions said. "Though I think it's not quite as proven as some people say.

State lawmakers will talk about medical pot legalization in Indiana during a summer study committee. Sessions says regardless of what the state decides to do when it comes to medical marijuana, it's still illegal on the federal level.

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