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Emanuel to Sessions: “I’ll buy you a ticket to Ellis Island”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel criticized Attorney General Jeff sessions for his move this week to refuse asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions wrote on Monday. Emanuel said that the ruling was Sessions turning his back on America, and offered to buy the Attorney General a ticket to Ellis Island. “The idea that somebody trapped by domestic violence … that America still is not a place of hope from despair, so to Jeff Sessions, if you haven’t been to Ellis Island recently, don’t worry, I’ll pay for it,” Emanuel said at a press conference on domestic violence. “I’ll buy you the Amtrak ticket up, you can drop yourself off, and you can take a tour. Don’t turn your back on America.” (Chicago Tribune)

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