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For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2017
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Mia DeVane

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Statement from Commissioner Levine Cava regarding Attorney General Sessions’ visit to Miami


MIAMI-DADE – County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava today released the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ visit to Miami:

“I am appalled that Attorney General Sessions is here to showcase Miami-Dade as the only major municipality that retreated from its policy of protecting basic rights for all people no matter their country of origin and immigration status, a change of policy that I actively opposed because it seeks to divide our county and tear families apart.

It is especially offensive for Mr. Sessions to put Miami-Dade, a community comprised mostly of minorities and immigrants, in the spotlight the day after the President of the United States inflamed racial and ethnic tensions by refusing to lay 100% of the blame where it must lie. I urge the President and Attorney General to denounce and prosecute the Nazis, KKK members and other white supremacists who swarmed into Charlottesville spewing hate and causing violent, deadly clashes with counter-protesters. I implore the President to retract the inflammatory and false comparison of Confederate generals to our Founding Fathers.

I trust that we, as members of a proudly inclusive community, will distance ourselves from these hurtful and divisive actions and statements. We must continue to work together to ensure that everyone who lives here feels safe in reporting crimes and is free from the ugliness and hate we have witnessed these last few days.”