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    Gov. Bill Haslam to allow measure banning sanctuary cities, ordering ICE compliance to become law without signature

    May 21, 2018


    Governor Bill Haslam will allow House Bill 2315 to become law without his signature. The measure bans sanctuary cities and mandates police compliance with ICE. The Tennessean



    Gov. Bill Haslam will allowa proposal seeking to prohibit sanctuary cities in Tennessee to become law without his signature.



    The measure would also require local law enforcement officials to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to hold immigrants for purposes of deportation.
    "I think the best thing for the state to do with this decision is to move on from it," Haslam told reporters Monday morning.
    He said he would allow the measure to become law without his signature.



    Immediately after announcing his decision, critics — including the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and some Nashville council members — blasted the governor.
    Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, called the governor's action a "wise decision."



    The governor's decision on the measure, which does not take effect until January 2019, could trigger boycotts and legal action. Critics of the bill have said both options are on the table.
    Fabian Bedne, a Metro Nashville councilman, said on Twitter that he would begin working on looking at legal options.


    I am going to start looking into what legal recourse we have as a city to stop this unfounded mandate that is unsafe, inmoral and fiscally irresponsible. https://t.co/8Jsmv9gCjX
    — (((Fabian Bedne))) (@bedne) May 21, 2018



    Haslam's decision comes despite objections from a number of organizations and individuals who said the legislation was constitutionally suspect and could lead to unintended consequences.


    The measure was among the final bills to receive approval before the General Assembly adjourned on April 25.
    One day after the bill's approval, TIRRC encouraged Haslam to issue a veto.



    Since then, the Shelby County Commission and the Nashville city council approved resolutions asking Haslam to veto the legislation, as others urged the governor through letter writing campaigns.


    Others to encourage such action include the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a dozen national civil rights organizations, several labor unions, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, faith leaders, educators, domestic and sexual violence advocates, criminal procedure and immigration law experts and criminal defense attorneys.
    In two separate rallies in recent weeks, thousands gathered outside the state Capitol calling for a veto.



    Proponents of the measure, including state Sen. Mark Green — the bill's sponsor — and U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor, also tried to pressure the governor. They argued the legislation is necessary in order to ensure there are no sanctuary cities in Tennessee.



    Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville, said on Twitter the governor's action was a "big win" for taxpayers and the rule of law.



    As Haslam considered the bill, he tried to tamp down concerns expressed by both sides.


    Last week, Haslam told reporters he was concerned the legislation was "driving up a lot of fear on both sides."
    He reiterated that view Monday, saying both sides have had some "irrational fear."


    Before announcing his decision, Haslam outlined his three options on the bill, saying if he vetoed it, he was "relatively confident" there would be a call for a special session or the measure would be quickly taken up in 2019.


    The governor said by vetoing the bill, he would prolong a discussion that would continue to stir up fear and confusion.
    Haslam said if he were to sign the measure, he would be tacitly admitting that there is an issue with sanctuary cities in Tennessee.


    "We spent a lot of time looking at what are the legal ramifications of this, and we became convinced that really other than expressly stating what was already allowed (it) didn't change (much)," he said.


    Opponents of the measure have objected, saying the proposal will provide law enforcement officials the ability to inquire about someone's immigration status without probable cause.
    Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said the proposal will force people to "live in the shadows" and shy away from reporting crimes to law enforcement.


    Haslam disagreed, saying, "The reality is, I think you have some people that feel that way now and again I don't think anything really changes."


    Renata Soto, executive director of Conexión Américas, condemned Haslam's decision, saying, "Governor, by letting this un-American racial profiling law go into effect, you have put a target on the back of thousands of Tennesseans, rejected the values upon which our nation was founded, and set our state backwards."


    After Haslam's decision, critics of the bill began to plan for public demonstrations.


    It is not yet clear whether Tennessee will see boycotts as a result of the new law. In Texas, which last year approved a similar measure that is still being considered in the courts, several organizations canceled events.


    Nonetheless, Haslam's action quickly drew the ire of advocates for immigrants.


    In a statement, Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of TIRRC, said, "When history looks back at the steady march of Tennessee towards becoming a hostile and dangerous place for immigrant families, at the rising tide of nativism and xenophobia, and at the immoral attacks on immigrants in this country, Governor Haslam will see himself on the wrong side.”
    The governor said Tennessee has welcomed immigrants and foreign investment, a point which critics disagree, citing, among other issues, the state's lawsuit against the federal government over refugee resettlement.


    "We want to make certain obviously that people are following the legal process," he said.


    Haslam said his administration labored over the decision to ensure "we get it right."


    "I honestly think at this point in time this is the best thing for the state," he said.



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    Good job Tennessee! Well, Haslam won't be going out in the blaze of glory a signature would have fueled, but he won't be going out in flame of infamy either. Thank you Tennessee, and yes, thank you Governor Haslam, thank you very very much!!

    Great job GeorgiaPeach and all the great people and legislators of Tennessee!!



    Oh and TIRRC, go broke and get lost!! FAIRTAX NOW!! Shut these phony disgusting 501 C 3 money-grubbing "charity" frauds down. Wake Up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Good job Tennessee! Well, Haslam won't be going out in the blaze of glory a signature would have fueled, but he won't be going out in flame of infamy either. Thank you Tennessee, and yes, thank you Governor Haslam, thank you very very much!!

    Great job GeorgiaPeach and all the great people and legislators of Tennessee!!



    Oh and TIRRC, go broke and get lost!! FAIRTAX NOW!! Shut these phony disgusting 501 C 3 money-grubbing "charity" frauds down. Wake Up!!
    Thankful today Judy. However, for the TIRRC and
    Stephanie Teatro, today is a reason to regroup and it will fuel their determination to target future legislation and certain lawmakers. They will continue to fight the American citizens opposed to illegal immigration and in support of extreme vetting on refugees and others.

    This next election for the governor of Tennessee is important. Republican Diane Black has so far been consistent in her opposition to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Then there is "La Raza" Randy Boyd, businessman Bill Lee.
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    I have to tell you GeorgiaPeach, I am very impressed with Diane Black. I haven't studied her, but she speaks well on the issues from the Senate, is getting quite a bit of press lately from that work, and she sounds so intelligent and just filled with common sense on a number of issues we care about, especially trade and immigration. I hope she does well and becomes Governor based on what I know about her today. This is a great day for Tennessee, GeorgiaPeach. A huge victory for our cause to stop illegal immigration.

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    Haslam Allows 'Sanctuary City' Ban to Become Law Without His Signature


    May 21, 2018

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    A bill banning so-called sanctuary cities and mandating local cooperation with federal immigration enforcement will become law, despite pleas from immigrant rights advocates, faith leaders, Tennessee educators, local law enforcement and national civil rights organizations for Gov. Bill Haslam to veto it.


    Rather than reject the bill or sign it into law, the governor chose a third option that befits a man who has spent much of his tenure as the state's top executive in search of neutral ground: He will allow the bill to become law without his signature.
    Explaining to reporters why he opted not to veto the bill, Haslam said he believed a veto would lead the right-wing legislature to reconvene and override him or to bring the bill up again next year. He said it's time to "move on." The law will take effect in January 2019.



    Immigrants, be they legal citizens or undocumented, won't have that luxury. Although there are currently no sanctuary cities in Tennessee, the bill creates sanctions for any local government that, among other things, "limits or prohibits any state governmental entity or official from communicating or cooperating with federal agencies or officials to verify or report the immigration status of any alien [or] grants to aliens unlawfully present in the United States the right to lawful presence within the boundaries of this state in violation of federal law." Such local entities would be "ineligible to receive any state moneys until the sanctuary policy is repealed, rescinded, or otherwise no longer in effect," according to the bill.



    Even though no city in Tennessee has instituted a blanket sanctuary policy — that is, any policy restricting or refusing cooperation with federal immigration authorities — a number of local officials opposed the bill, citing concerns that it would deter immigrants from interacting with local government entities. Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson sent a letter to the governor on May 9 outlining his opposition to the bill.

    "For local law enforcement to be effective in its mission to provide for the safety and welfare of all citizens, there must be a separation between the duties of the federal official charged with the responsibilities of enforcing immigration laws and local law enforcement. If there is confusion and apprehension on the part any person as to whether an interaction and cooperation with local authorities might produce a detrimental effect, then the safety of all of our communities is diminished."

    Immigrant advocates, who have been demonstrating at the Capitol since the bill's passage, have called on Haslam to veto it, saying the bill enables mass deportations.


    “When HB 2315 landed on his desk, the governor was presented with a clear choice," Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition co-executive director Stephanie Teatro says in a written statement. "He could have heeded the warnings from police chiefs, educators, domestic violence victims’ advocates, and legal experts and stopped this dangerous and misguided bill from becoming law. Instead he caved to the most extreme fringe of the electorate. He chose hate and fear over good governance."


    ACLU-TN executive director Hedy Weinberg also condemned Haslam's decision in a statement:



    "We are extremely disappointed in Governor Haslam's decision to allow this unconstitutional and dangerous legislation to become law without his signature. Immigrants should not have to live with the constant fear that any local police officer or sheriff they encounter is a de facto immigration agent," Weinberg says. "By allowing this bill to become law, the governor has ensured that thousands of Tennesseans will be forced to live in the shadows, in fear of reporting when they are victims or witnesses to crimes and undermining local law enforcement's ability to use their discretion and resources in the way that they believe best protects public safety in their local community. The dangerous impact this bill will have on immigrant communities has led to a public outcry throughout the state and from all corners of the country, and it is disgraceful that the governor chose not to listen to the diverse voices united in calling for immigrants in our state to be treated fairly, in alignment with the Constitution."



    The governor's decision comes a little more than six weeks after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a meatpacking plant in Tennessee, arresting nearly 100 people.


    TIRRC has canceled a prayer vigil that was planned for tonight, but says public actions will be planned for later this week.


    We'll post official reactions here as they come in:

    Jim Cooper



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    This decision will undermine local law enforcement and school officials, and increase fear and mistrust in our communities. A cruel law that will only create new problems.








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    2:00 PM · May 21, 2018


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    (((Fabian Bedne)))


    @bedne



    I am going to start looking into what legal recourse we have as a city to stop this unfounded mandate that is unsafe, inmoral and fiscally irresponsible.

    *****************


    Colby Sledge



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    Nashville and other Tenn. cities should sue the state over this unfunded, unconstitutional mandate that erodes trust and damages our communities.
    TIRRC


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    11:33 AM · May 21, 2018

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    https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/...-his-signature



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    The Governor needs to CUT OFF ALL TAXPAYER funds going to illegal aliens. Whether it be school, medical care, welfare, food stamps, housing, etc.

    Get them out of our taxpayer funded schools, off taxpayer funded healthcare and OFF taxpayer benefits.

    School is out in the next few weeks. NO more school enrollment for illegal aliens. E-verify our schools!




    NO IRS TAX REFUNDS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!

    NO ILLEGAL ALIEN SHALL COLLECT ANY TAXPAYER BENEFITS ON BEHALF OF A U.S. CITIZEN WHETHER THAT CITIZEN IS A MINOR OR OTHERWISE.

    DEPORT THE ILLEGAL PARENTS AND THEIR MINOR CHILDREN! THEY ARE THEIR GUARDIANS AND CUSTODIANS...NOT THE USA.
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    97 People Detained, Will They Be Deported



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    Deport every last one of them. They can "unite" on their soil. Adios!

    Sick of your sob stories!
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