NO Sanctuary Cities
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So grateful to our sponsors: Sen. Mark Green and Rep. Jay Reedy and all the co-sponsors we had as well as each of those in the Senate and House who overwhelmingly voted for this important legislation.
I would love to tell you that the passage of this important legislation was the end of the story, BUT, as you can see from the links below, we are STILL in the FIGHT for our life. The OPPONENTS of our bill are doing everything in their power - including totally misrepresenting the facts and using scare tactics, to get the Governor to
VETO this important legislation.
It is more important than EVER that you ask the Governor to sign the Sanctuary Bill. You can call the Governor at 615-741-2001 or send him an email at email@example.com
Voice for Veto .
Passed Senate, Ayes 27, Nays 4 04/25/2018 [will post names when they are posted on the Legislative Website.]
HB2315 by Reedy - FLOOR VOTE: AS AMENDED PASSAGE ON THIRD CONSIDERATION 4/25/2018
Representatives voting aye were: Alexander, Boyd, Brooks H., Brooks K., Butt, Byrd, Calfee, Carr, Carter, Casada, Coley, Crawford, Curcio, Daniel, Doss, Dunn, Eldridge, Faison, Forgety, Gant, Goins, Halford, Hawk, Hicks, Hill M., Hill T., Holt, Hulsey, Johnson, Kane, Keisling, Kumar, Lamberth, Littleton, Lollar, Lynn, Marsh, Matheny, Matlock, McCormick, Moody, Moon, Powers, Ragan, Reedy, Rogers, Rudd, Sexton C., Sexton J., Sherrell, Smith, Sparks, Tillis, Travis, Van Huss, Vaughan, Weaver, White M., Whitson, Williams, Windle, Wirgau, Zachary, Madame Speaker Harwell -- 64.
Representatives voting no were: Akbari, Beck, Camper, Clemmons, Cooper, DeBerry, Fitzhugh, Gilmore, Hardaway, Hazlewood, Love, McDaniel, Miller, Mitchell, Parkinson, Pitts, Powell, Shaw, Staples, Stewart, Thompson, Towns, Turner -- 23.
Sanctuary Bill text HERE as amended and passed by the State Government Committee. We will continue with this language through the Finance Committee, the Calendar and Rules Committee and on the House Floor.
SB 2332 by *Green , Bell, Ketron, Roberts, Pody, Southerland, Bowling, Jackson, Gresham, Reeves, Hensley, Lundberg - 12
HB 2315 by *Reedy , Terry, Sexton J, Moody, Rogers, Hill M, Goins, Eldridge, Byrd, Matheny, Boyd, Matlock, White D, Weaver, Keisling, Zachary, VanHuss, Carr , Vaughan, Crawford, Hawk, Whitson, Tillis, Kane, Calfee, Marsh, Sexton C, Lynn, Johnson, Moon, Hill T, Holt, Casada, Holsclaw, Halford, Brooks H, Brooks K, McCormick, Carter, Travis, Gant, Smith, Sherrell, Powers, Lollar, Gravitt, Sparks, Littleton, Hulsey, Coley, Ragan, Doss, Lamberth, Howell, Hicks, Williams, Faison, Kumar, Butt, Forgety, Harwell, Daniel, Rudd, Alexander, White M, Wirgau, Windle - 67
Immigration - As introduced, prohibits state and local governmental entities and officials from adopting sanctuary policies; authorizes Tennessee residents and members of the general assembly to submit complaints to the attorney general; provides that violations subject entities to ineligibility of state moneys; requires law enforcement agencies to enter into memorandums of agreement with federal officials concerning enforcement of federal immigration laws
PLEASE NOTE, THIS BILL HAS BEEN RE-WRITTEN. You can find the new text HERE.
2017 Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Update
SB 2332 Green - HB 2315 Reedy
Purpose of the bill:
To augment and clarify Tennessee’s public policy regarding cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Why we need this bill:
In June 2017, the Davidson County Metro Council introduced two ordinances designed to obstruct compliance with both federal and state law regarding illegal aliens who have committed criminal acts in addition to, or unrelated to their immigration status.
Opposition by more than half of the Tennessee General Assembly members to Metro Council’s efforts effectively operate as a sanctuary city, along with a negative legal opinion by Metro’s Legal Director, resulted in both ordinances being withdrawn by the sponsors.
Metro Council’s attempt to obstruct cooperation federal immigration authorities using a “don’t ask so you don’t have to know or tell” practice highlights the need to strengthen and clarify Tennessee law.
How this bill works:
Section 1 (state) and Section 2 (local) - broaden the definition of “sanctuary policy” to include “any directive, order, ordinance, resolution, practice or policy, whether formally enacted, informally adopted, or otherwise effectuated”
• sanctuary policies come in a variety of ways; some are enacted as written local laws while others are embedded in “welcoming resolutions” or simply as internal law enforcement agency policy and/or practices
• Tennessee’s current sanctuary policy only addresses written policies and does not extend to
• the broader definition is explicit that no governmental entity in Tennessee will be limited or prohibited from communicating with federal immigration authorities
• AG Loretta Lynch said that city officials must comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 - the free flow of communication between state/local government and federal immigration officers concerning an individual’s citizenship or immigration status.
• North Carolina and Georgia have adopted the broader definition
Sections 1 and 3 allow the state to withhold ECD moneys from any governmental entity that adopts a sanctuary policy (per the broadened definition of sanctuary policy)
Section 5 - affirms that cooperating with ICE and complying with detainer requests is consistent with federal law which permits state and local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officers without a written agreement.
• ICE detainers are accompanied by a warrant and a statement of probable cause that an immigration violation has occurred.
• two New York cases (2014 & 2015) held that an ICE detainer based on probable cause did not violate any constitutional rights.
• removal under federal immigration law is a civil matter so no jurisdiction for Article III judges to issue judicial warrants. The Immigration and Nationality Act provides for DHS issued administrative warrants.
• memorandum of agreement by local law enforcement to enforce immigration law pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1357(g) is permissive.
• communication or cooperation with federal immigration authorities in the identification of removable aliens does NOT require a written agreement per 8 U.S.C. 1357(g)(10)