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Nelson meets with Sessions

Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson and sheriffs from several other Washington state counties met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Seattle Tuesday.

County sheriffs from Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Seattle on Tuesday, joining about 20 law enforcement officials for a private discussion of a wide range of topics, including border enforcement.

“I thought he was open and seemed very friendly,” Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said Wednesday evening of the nation’s top law enforcement official. “He did not back down from any direct questions. He was very open.”

The nearly hour-long meeting includes discussion of ways to reduce crime and illegal immigration at the Mexico-U.S. border. Border enforcement has become an especially interesting topic for Nelson since his visit to the Arizona-Mexico border this summer. Stories about that visit appeared in The Daily News on Aug. 20-22.

Nelson, who is president of the Washington State Sheriff’s Association, said he was invited to the meeting by Annette Hays, assistant U.S. attorney general for Western Washington. Other than his association title, he was not sure why he was invited.

He was joined by Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie and Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.

Sessions, who had appeared in Portland and took on so called “sanctuary cities,” was in Seattle for personal reasons.

An expanded report about the meeting will appear in Friday’s Daily News and online at TDN.com.

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Contact City Editor Andre Stepankowsky at 360-577-2520.

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