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    Why Isn’t Tennessee Helping to Fight the Border Battle?

    Why Isn’t Tennessee Helping to Fight the Border Battle?

    June 17, 2021

    Pat Hamsa

    It’s not as if illegal aliens crossing Biden’s open border aren’t settling in Tennessee.

    Last week Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spent a half hour talking with Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian, about everything his state is doing to push back against Biden’s open border for illegal immigration.

    Paxton is an AG who understands the value of lawfare and that states cannot remain complacent indentured servants to the federal government. To date, Paxton’s office has filed five lawsuits challenging the Biden administration on immigration actions.

    Tennessee’s AG Herb Slatery on the other hand, appears to be sitting out the fight which is easier to get away with when you don’t have to answer to the voters. Texas and forty-two other states, unlike Tennessee, elect their AG. And the Tennessee General Assembly isn’t willing to give that power to voters.

    Viewed through the laissez-faire illegal immigration lens of Tennessee’s AG and the lack of legislative enthusiasm for insisting that every business in Tennessee use E-verify to help avoid employing illegal aliens, why should we expect anything else.

    Add to this that Haslam, who campaigned opposing illegal immigration ending up endorsing actions that encouraged more illegal immigration to the state. For example, in the waning years of Haslam’s second term when he thankfully was going to not be the governor anymore, he was pushing in-state tuition for illegal alien students. Did he stop to even question how many came as UACs (unaccompanied alien children)? Then he cowardly refused to sign the anti-sanctuary city bill that Tennessee needed to make the law effective.

    That bill became law without his signature anyway.

    When it comes to the UACs crossing the border illegally and arriving in Tennessee, Bill Lee can deny any and all knowledge about it til the cows come home but good luck to him putting a credible spin on the paperwork which the Times Free Press reporter diligently unearthed and which makes Lee look like a ____(feel free to fill in the blank yourself).

    So far according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services data which is only current to April 2021, Tennessee has received 1,111 putting the state in the top ten receiving states. The same data which only tracks counties that receive 50 or more UACs shows the following county numbers – Davidson – 436, Shelby – 213, Hamilton – 99, Knox – 53, Rutherford – 71, Sevier – 51.

    U.S. Customs & Border Protection data for the total number of illegal border crossers in the current fiscal year, including family units, accompanied minors, single adults and UACs current to May totals 929,868 individuals. The UAC totals current to May are 79,948 crossing illegally.

    By the end of March 2021, the latest data available, 2,946 UACs were released to a parent or step-parent in the U.S. and another 2,991 UACs were released to a relative (see category definitions here).
    According to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, HHS data from 2018-2019 shows 79% of these sponsors were “without status” – that means here illegally.

    If you have any doubt, read this April story:

    “Lorena, a Guatemalan mother living in Atlanta, recalls getting a 4:25 a.m. call from her teenage daughters on March 12, a day after they’d crossed into the United States. The girls had borrowed a hidden cellphone from another teen being held in a packed Border Patrol tent in Texas. ‘We’re here,’ said Nancy, 16, crying. ‘When can you come get us?’ That was more than a month ago. The girls were transferred to a makeshift shelter at a San Diego convention center, where the younger daughter – Britney, 15 – became sick with covid-19. ‘I just want them to give me my daughters,’ said Lorena, who wanted her last name withheld because she came to the United States illegally.
    Lorena left her daughters with her mother in their rural village outside the city of Huehuetenango more than a decade ago, soon after splitting up with their father.

    She earns $14 an hour in a carpet factory in Atlanta, and lives with her 4-year-old U.S.-born son, a brother her daughters have never met. When the eldest began showing symptoms of acute anxiety and a sense of abandonment, Lorena decided the time had come for them to join her in Atlanta.

    In November, she paid a smuggler $5,000 to bring the two girls to the Mexican border where they could surrender to U.S. agents. The Trump administration used an emergency health order to deny the girls’ release into the United States and flew them back to Guatemala.

    Lorena paid smugglers $5,000 again in February. The Biden administration has pledged to no longer return minors to their home countries, so the girls were allowed in. Lorena said she is filling out all the paperwork, but she’s scared to travel to San Diego because her Guatemalan passport is her only legal identification.”

    Human smuggling much? Apparently it’s the best known non-secret in Congress. Even Reuter’s is writing about it.

    Are passive states like Tennessee complicit? Are passive federal and state legislators complicit?

    And it’s not just people from Mexico and Latin America.

    Both Haslam and Lee have feigned shock and surprise upon “discovering” that UACs were being delivered to parents and other relatives living in Tennessee. Surely these governors know that the illegal alien population has been growingfor some time in Tennessee. Will Bill Lee pretend he doesn’t know about this either?

    Tennessee’s AG is super soft on illegal immigration going so far as to advocate for amnesty for the “dreamers” after meeting with the director from the TN Immigrant & Refugees Rights Coalition. When was the last time the AG asked your opinion about endorsing illegal immigration?

    If your state legislator tells you there’s nothing the state can do about illegal immigration because it’s all in the hands of the federal government, suggest this – take back the $7.3 million dollar grant the state handed over to Catholic Charities of Tennessee to spread their operations into more counties and instead, send it to Texas to help build the wall.

    It’s the least our state elected officials can do.
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    They have been DUMPING illegal aliens into Crossville, TN going back 10 years. A mostly rural retirement community.

    Now FULL of crime and filth from these overbreeding illegal alien invaders.

    Send them back home!


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    State Senate Advances Measure That Changes the Way Tennessee’s Attorney General Is Selected

    February 25, 2021 Laura Baigert

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a resolution Tuesday that would change the way the state’s Attorney General and Reporter for Tennessee is selected.

    Senate Joint Resolution 1 would make the current process for nominating the attorney general more transparent and give the Tennessee General Assembly a say in the selection through a change to the Tennessee Constitution.

    SJR 1 passed the nine-member Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday with a 6 to 3 vote.

    Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), who is the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman and the sponsor of SJR 1, explained part of the reason for his proposal in a statement issued after Tuesday’s vote.

    “This is one of the most important appointed positions in the state. The State Attorney General has over 340 employees and a budget of over $50 million, not to mention the important decisions that are made which affect the lives of the people of Tennessee.”

    Yager’s proposal changes the process so that the nomination of the Attorney General by the Supreme Court would be held in an open court and with a recorded vote.

    Following the Supreme Court’s nomination, the Tennessee General Assembly would have 60 days to confirm the nomination. The confirmation must be with separate and majority votes by both the House and Senate.

    If the General Assembly fails to confirm the Supreme Court’s nominee, the Supreme Court will nominate another person within 60 days.

    Yager said that the reason for the two-fold legislation is that “It will provide for a more transparent process in the selection of the nominees. The second is that confirmation by the General Assembly will make the process accountable to the people by giving elected officials a role in the process.”

    The Tennessee Constitution of 1870 did originally include accountability to elected officials in the selection of the Attorney General, because at the time Supreme Court judges were required to be elected by the qualified voters of the state.
    However, in 2014, an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution removed the direct vote language from Article VI, Section 3.

    That change solidified a practice that was in place since 1995 whereby the Governor made appointments to the Supreme Court from a pool of nominees from a Judicial Selection Committee.

    In 2014, there were four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the November general election ballot, with the change regarding the selection of judges being Amendment 2.

    Overshadowed by Amendment 1 that empowered the legislature with regard to abortion statutes and by leaving off the ballot the actual language that was being deleted from the Constitution, Tennessee voters passed the amendment with nearly 61 percent of the vote, according to Ballotpedia.
    Amendment 2 took away the original intent of the Tennessee Constitution whereby the qualified voters of the state elected the Supreme Court judges and, in turn, removed an element of accountability with the Court’s appointment of the Attorney General.

    Yager’s statement said his proposed constitutional change “adheres to the intention of the authors of our 1870 State Constitution, while keeping intact the current nomination role for the judiciary.”

    In accordance with the Tennessee Constitution for making amendments, SJR 1 passed the previous 111th Tennessee General Assembly in 2019. It must now receive a two-thirds majority vote by the current 112th General Assembly to get on the ballot of the next gubernatorial election in 2022.

    The amendment would then need to receive a majority of votes cast in the November 2022 gubernatorial election for the change to be made to the Tennessee Constitution.

    Senators Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Sara Kyle (D-Memphis), Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield), Paul Rose (R-Covington) and Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) voted in favor of SJR 1, while Senators Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol), Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) and John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) voted against the measure.
    SJR 1 was referred to the Senate Calendar Committee to be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate, where it passed in 2019 with a 27 to 3 vote.
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    Comment to the above article on selection of Tennessee Attorney General.

    Horatio Bunce

    February 25, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    “The second is that confirmation by the General Assembly will make the process accountable to the people by giving elected officials a role in the process.”
    The General Assembly removed the people from the process of electing the judicial branch of government. The “attorneys” (Overbey, Kelsey, White, et al) declared that the constitution meant them when it said “the qualified voters of the state”, yet knew the court had been illegally “selected” by them for nearly 40 years. So the constitutional amendment to codify their illegal Tennessee Plan of the previous 40 years admitted the guilt. The legislative and executive branches now collude to “select” the judicial branch. It is already quite transparent. The Republicans liked the Democrat’s illegal selection scheme just fine, so long as they do the selecting.
    Same as paper ballots vs. hackable electronic voting machines. Team R was all for verifiable, auditable paper ballots….until they gained the majority.

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