Sessions knocks 'wall' around Dem convention
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Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHomeland Security advisory council members resign over family separations: report Once a Trump critic, Ala. rep faces runoff with his support Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE (R-Ala.) knocked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE's immigration policies Friday, amid reports that a "wall" will be built around the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. 

"It’s interesting that the Democratic National Committee will have a wall around their convention to keep unapproved people out while at the same time, their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, pushes for open borders policies that are even more radical than President Obama’s," Sessions said in a statement Friday. 
Special Agent James Henry told a local NBC station that the Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live! would be enclosed in "no-scale fencing" as part of the convention's security measures.
Sessions added Friday that "Clinton and the DNC don’t hesitate to use walls and guns for protecting themselves and their elite friends. I say it’s time to provide such protection to the at-risk people like Kate Steinle, and Clinton not understanding this will lead to her defeat.”
Steinle was killed last year in San Francisco by an man in the country illegally, and who had a history of felony convictions and had been deported multiple times. 
Republicans have used her death to try to increase mandatory minimum penalties for immigrants who enter the country illegally. They also want to crack down on cities who don't comply with federal immigration laws. 
Sessions, who has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE, added Friday that Clinton's immigration proposals would "increase the risk of terrorism and criminal behavior." 
"She would refuse to deport dangerous criminal aliens until after they have been convicted of committing heinous crimes against Americans [and] close detention centers," he said.
The statement comes after Sessions, speaking at the Faith and Freedom Road to Majority Conference Friday, argued it is "just and biblical that we have a lawful system of of immigration." 
Clinton, on her campaign website, backs "comprehensive immigration reform" including a pathway to citizenship, as well as closing private immigration detention facilities. 
Democrats, and a growing number of Republicans, have criticized Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border as unrealistic and counterproductive to the U.S-Mexico relationship.