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Oregon Governor: Here’s What I Would Have Said To Jeff Sessions

File photo. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released a plan on how she'd use money from a potential corporate tax increase.
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File photo. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released a plan on how she'd use money from a potential corporate tax increase.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she requested a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his visit to Portland Tuesday. But she says she never got a response from Sessions or his staff.

The Democratic governor said during a press conference at the state Capitol that if she had been granted a meeting, she would have given Sessions an earful.

Brown said she opposes the Trump administration’s recent actions on immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, as well as President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

“Oregon is a state that welcomes and wants to encourage our immigrant and our refuge communities,” Brown said. “We see them as a very important part of Oregon’s cultural and economic fabric, and they’re part of what makes Oregon unique.”

Sessions met with federal employees and local law enforcement officials during a brief stop in Portland. During a speech, the attorney general said cities and states that don’t enforce some federal immigration laws need to “reconsider” their policies. That includes both Portland and Oregon as a whole.

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Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.