- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Latest on an appearance in Reno by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and protests outside (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a $2 million grant for Nevada from the Justice Department to help defray costs from the deadly shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1, 2017.

Most of the attention was on the Trump administration’s immigration policy at a school safety conference in Reno where more than 200 protesters rallied outside.

But Sessions also underscored his department’s continued efforts to make schools safer in his speech to the National Association of School Resource Officers.



In addition to $50 million in grants he announced earlier this month under the Stop School Violence Act, Sessions said Monday another $25 million will be spent for better training and technology to improve emergency reporting of threats at schools.

The $2 million for Nevada is on top of $1 million he announced in October.

Sessions praised the “heroic work done by police that day” and their ongoing efforts in the weeks afterward.

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11:50 a.m.

No arrests were made among protesters blocking a street outside a speech where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cast children at the nation’s southern border as victims of a broken immigration system.

Demonstrations outside the Peppermill hotel-casino were colorful, loud and peaceful.

An act of civil disobedience by more than 20 people who sat down in a crosswalk didn’t draw a police response.

Reno Police Officer Travis Warren, a department spokesman, says officers only wanted to maintain safety, not arrest people.

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada leader Bob Fulkerson says protesters got their point across.

Fulkerson calls separating children from families at the nation’s southern border an act of state-sponsored terror.

Sessions told a school safety conference it’s a difficult and frustrating situation.

The attorney general declared that more than 80 percent of the children crossing U.S. borders are “by themselves, without parents or guardians -often sent with a paid smuggler.”

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10:45 a.m.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended Trump administration immigration policies during a speech at a conference in Nevada while hundreds of protesters rallied outside.

Sessions told a convention sponsored by the National Association of School Resource Officers in Reno on Monday that the controversy over immigration is a “difficult and frustrating situation” that requires Congress to pass new legislation.

He says many children detained at the southern border were brought there by violent gang members, and that “children have indeed borne much of the burden of our broken immigration system.”

Sessions says the compassionate thing to do is protect children from violence and drugs, put criminals in jail and secure borders. He calls the alternative, open borders, “both radical and dangerous.”

No arrests were immediately reported outside, where demonstrators with signs, drums and a mariachi band waged a peaceful protest.

Some sat in a busy roadway for while police diverted traffic around the casino-hotel where Sessions was speaking.

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9:30 a.m.

More than a dozen protesters are blocking a busy road in downtown Reno near where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is appearing to speak at a school safety conference.

The Monday morning demonstration in a Virginia Street crosswalk includes several people holding a banner saying “No Human is Illegal” to call attention to Trump administration immigration policy and the separation of children and families at the U.S. border.

Reno police on bicycles have blocked traffic around the protesters near a downtown casino-hotel. Some demonstrators have promised to engage in peaceful civil disobedience and invite arrest.

Nearly two dozen Nevada groups in a progressive alliance tried last week to persuade the national school law enforcement group hosting the conference to withdraw Sessions’ invitation.

Mo Canady, executive director of the Alabama-based National Association of School Resource Officers, says that as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Sessions has important information to share.

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8:50 a.m.

More than 200 demonstrators have gathered at an immigration rally in Nevada outside a school safety conference where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the keynote speaker.

The protesters marched to a hotel-casino in Reno Monday chanting “Jeff Sessions you can’t hide, Reno sees your ugly side!”

Several carried signs that read “Children are not political” and “Impeach the mad king”

At least a half-dozen people wearing red arm bands said they intend to get arrested.

The Rev. Karen Foster of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship says American children are taught to pledge their allegiance to the flag “with liberty and justice for all.”

She says “there is no justice for thousands of children locked in cages” at the U.S. border.

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6:55 a.m.

A coalition of civil rights, religious and union activists opposed to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies are gearing up for a protest in Nevada outside a school safety conference where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the keynote speaker.

Several of the protesters gathering for Monday’s rally outside a hotel-casino in Reno say they will engage in civil disobedience to bring attention to the separation of children and families at the U.S. border.

At least one, Bob Fulkerson, told The Associated Press he expects to be arrested.

Nearly two dozen Nevada groups in a progressive alliance tried unsuccessfully last week to persuade the national school law enforcement group hosting the conference to withdraw its invitation to Sessions.

Mo Canady, executive director of the Alabama-based National Association of School Resource Officers, said Sessions has important information to share with school resource officers as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

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