Posted: Oct 20 2017 04:39PM CDT
Video Posted: Oct 20 2017 10:24PM CDT
Updated: Oct 21 2017 11:10PM CDT
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before local and state law enforcement Friday morning at the U.S. Attorney's office in downtown Austin.
Touching on President Trump's immigration policies, like the border wall. "This will make it harder for illegal aliens to enter the country but more importantly the wall will send a message to the world that we enforce our laws," Sessions said.
Also E-Verify and ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. "The President wants to stop the incentives for vulnerable children to come here illegally. There's nothing wrong with that," he said.
On the street below: resistance.
Protestors referred to Sessions as a "white supremacist" and stomped on a KKK robe.
Dr. Jim Rigby from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church was among the demonstrators. "The idea of Jeff Sessions with his particular racial history coming down here and telling Austin that we can't democratically elect people who honor the fourth amendment is very bothersome to us," Rigby said.
Sessions spent the latter half of his speech condemning sanctuary policies and the notion that they increase public trust in law enforcement. "But that does not make sense to me. Would releasing someone that had been arrested numerous times into your community give you more confidence in law enforcement?"
He commended the Texas Legislature for passing SB4.
Among the invited law enforcement guests Friday morning -- Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez who says she was surprised she got an invite. Hernandez enacted a sanctuary policy soon after taking office.
She told the press what she was thinking during the AG's speech.
"That he doesn't know our community. And that our community is not safer. We've been going out to town hall meetings and meeting with our community and it's clear that the direction that we're going right now is not the best for our community," Hernandez said.
Sheriff Hernandez and other law enforcement officers met with Sessions after the speech. She says the discussion was a start. "When you stand on an issue you plant a seed. And I guess my biggest hope is maybe I planted a seed," she said.