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TN Senate Passes Resolution Ending Refugee Resettlement

UPDATE (2/22)--NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Senate has passed a resolution to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement by a vote of 27-5. The bill now moves to the House for vote.

UPDATE (2/16)--NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Senate Finance Committee has passed a resolution to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement.

The resolution will now move to the Senate for a vote. SJR 467 would allow the Attorney General to sue the government to stop refugee resettlement in the state.



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ORIGINAL REPORT (2/15)--Republican state leaders want to sue the federal government to keep refugees out of Tennessee.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey filed Senate Joint Resolution 467 (SJR 467) that asks Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to sue the federal government. If Slatery refuses, it allows the Tennessee General Assembly to appoint counsel to file a lawsuit.

Senators are scheduled to vote on the resolution Tuesday February 16th to send the case the court.

Last December, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey took a stand on those fleeing Iran, Syria and Sudan.

"I am for banning immigration from countries that sponsor terrorism," Ramsey said in a December interview with FOX 17. "Barak Obama's state department says officially that these countries are sponsors of terrorism. For goodness sakes, these ought to be the ones that at a minimum that we ban."

"This resolution is an extreme measure that would take refugee resettlement to a grinding halt," Stephanie Teatro said, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition co-director. "This is essentially Tennessee trying to shut the door on people fleeing violence and persecution and seeking to rebuild their lives."

From war-torn Somalia, Focia Mohamed is a translator who advocates for refugees.

"The refugees are asylum seekers who are trying to flee persecution and war," Mohamed said.

Teatro said Tennessee takes in an estimated 1,600 refugees a year.ORIGINAL REPORT (2/15)--Republican state leaders want to sue the federal government to keep refugees out of Tennessee.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey filed Senate Joint Resolution 467 (SJR 467) that asks Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to sue the federal government. If Slatery refuses, it allows the Tennessee General Assembly to appoint counsel to file a lawsuit.

Senators are scheduled to vote on the resolution Tuesday February 16th to send the case the court.

Last December, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey took a stand on those fleeing Iran, Syria and Sudan.

"I am for banning immigration from countries that sponsor terrorism," Ramsey said in a December interview with FOX 17. "Barak Obama's state department says officially that these countries are sponsors of terrorism. For goodness sakes, these ought to be the ones that at a minimum that we ban."

"This resolution is an extreme measure that would take refugee resettlement to a grinding halt," Stephanie Teatro said, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition co-director. "This is essentially Tennessee trying to shut the door on people fleeing violence and persecution and seeking to rebuild their lives."

From war-torn Somalia, Focia Mohamed is a translator who advocates for refugees.

"The refugees are asylum seekers who are trying to flee persecution and war," Mohamed said.

Teatro said Tennessee takes in an estimated 1,600 refugees a year.

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