Everyone knows about former president Barack Obama’s love for immigrants. Obama’s administration forced states to take in refugees and provide them with everything they need, while taxpayers paid for it. Tennessee lawmakers and citizens are sick and tired of being ordered to do something they don’t want to by the federal government, so now, they’re suing!
Tennessee became the first state in the nation to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit alleges that the federal government has violated the 10th Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states.
Lawmakers ask the court to force the federal government to stop resettling refugees in Tennessee until all costs associated with the settlement are incurred by the federal government.
“Plaintiffs will suffer significant and irreparable harm unless this Court intervenes,” the 15-page lawsuit states.
The defendants named in the lawsuit include the U.S. Department of State; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The state’s lawsuit is brought by the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based legal group that has taken on several conservative legal causes in recent years.
Organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition slammed the lawsuit, saying it will negatively affect the state’s refugee community and perpetuate a culture of fear.
On the other side, joining the lawsuit are Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster.
Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said that he hopes the lawsuit is not seen as a criticism of the Trump administration, reports Tennessean.
“We want to convey to the President that we support his efforts concerning immigration and refugee resettlement and believe this suit for declaratory relief is consistent with what would likely be his position regarding states like Tennessee which have withdrawn from the refugee resettlement program but are forced to continue paying costs associated with it,” he said.
Let’s hope other states will follow Tennessee’s example!
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