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Mayor Leeser: AG Sessions said trip to El Paso was important, 'eye-opening'

Mayor Leeser on attorney general's visit

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser says the City invited Attorney General Jeff Sessions to El Paso.

Leeser said he stressed the importance of trade between Mexico and the United States to the Borderland community during today's high-profile meeting with Sessions and Homeland Security Chief John Kelly.

The mayor said El Paso needs to continue to build on its relationship with Northern Mexico and should not allow the uncertainty coming out of Washington DC to affect that relationship.

"I want people to understand how we live and I want them to understand the people of El Paso," Leeser said," That's one of the things I wanted them to understand: we consider Juarez to be our neighbor and our friend."

Leeser said he will meet with the Mayor of Juarez soon to let him know the feds now "understand our relationship."

"Washington makes decision that impact El Paso and border cities and I wanted to make sure they understand El Paso. (Sessions) was willing to listen. He said the trip was very important to him and eye-opening."