ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is joining activists and fellow Democrats in decrying the recent arrests of immigrants outside a church shelter in Virginia.
Democratic officials held a news conference Thursday at the Rising Hope Mission Church outside of Alexandria. They say the arrest of two immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violates a policy barring immigration officials from targeting people at churches, hospitals and schools. They also dispute ICE officials' account that only two were arrested, citing witness accounts that six were taken away.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says ICE continues to respect that policy regarding sensitive locations, but the former vice presidential nominee and others say the arrests prove otherwise.
Kaine also spoke with WHSV on Thursday about a number of topics, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ties, the president's visit to Hampton Roads, and his upcoming election, when he may be challenged Carly Fiorina.
Fiorina moved to Virginia after running as a Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 primary season.
Kaine said whoever he runs against, he expects it to be a tough race.
"I've been on the ballot ten times and I'm used to tough opposition and the way I think of it is I'm the underdog in any race I'm in until the last vote is counted and I hopefully get called the winner," he said.
The senator added he wants to remain the senator of Virginia to continue working on the projects he is passionate about, like armed services issues, with a focus on bettering the lives of military families and making our health care system better.
In addition, he focused on three things he believes need to be done in the situation involving Attorney General Jeff Session's recusal from the investigation into Russian election meddling due to conversations he was found to have had with a Russian diplomat.
First, he says there needs to be a commitment by Congress to fully investigate contacts between the Trump campaign, the Trump administration, and the Russian government.
Second, he said Sessions must be recused from the investigation - and a few hours later, Sessions said that will happen.
Third, Kaine said the Judiciary Committee should summon Sessions to return for public questioning.