State Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) tore into the Metro Nashville Council’s proposed sanctuary city ordinances on the Dan Mandis Show on 99.7 FM WWTN Tuesday.
As The Tennessee Star reported on Tuesday, the Metro Nashville Council is currently considering two ordinances that would, in effect, turn Nashville into a sanctuary city.
“It’s the most egregious move against public safety that the city of Nashville could possibly expose its citizens, and emergency services and social work to,” Matheny said.
“It’s completely antithetical to the United States Constitution, and America. And the city of Nashville – with all due respect – they need to remember that the City operates at the pleasure of the State,” Matheny added:
If they move forward with this – which I hope the’ll have the sense about them to not have a second reading (much less a third) and try to pass it – they can expect swift and severe action be the State of Tennessee. The taxpayers of Davidson county will suffer incomprehensibly if this passes.
Organized crime will come to this town like a magnet from all over the country.
The police will be a great risk. The citizens will be at great risk.
You’ll see social services absolutely explode and not be able to keep up with the need.
Then, Matheny lowered the boom on Metro Nashville Council.
“Plus, I’m telling you, the General Assembly in Tennessee will cut off funding to Davidson County if they pursue this,” Matheny stated.
Host Dan Mandis questioned Rep. Matheny about the specific provision of the bill that prohibited city workers – including law enforcement – to ask an individual’s immigration status, and how that would effect Nashville, and Tennessee’s entitlement and welfare resources.
Representative Matheny responded, “Nashville is becoming a serious problem for the State of Tennessee, and the General Assembly is recognizing it.”
“We’re trying to give Nashville and its elected officials the ability to correct this problem themselves without the State stepping in, but make no mistake: a City and a County are incorporated entities through the State of Tennessee and we have the ability to go so far as to dissolve boundaries and dissolve budgets of State monies,” Matheny said.
“You will see swift and severe action next year from the General Assembly if Nashville continues with this,” Matheny promised, adding:
With all due respect, the councilmen that are proposing this and those that are supporting it are putting citizens of Nashville at great risk – not only financially but also personally.
There are severe sex trafficing and drug rings that will come to Nashville because they know they will have lieniency with the court systems. They know they will have the freedom to move around not just underground but above ground, so the speak. It is very detrimental not only to Nashville, but to the entire state.
The border counties around Nashville will see just as many problems coming in. It’s just an ill-thought-out idea and it’s and extraordinarily poor way to govern.
Listen to the audio (Rep. Matheny’s remarks about the Tennessee General Assembly’s response to any “sanctuary city” ordinances from the Metro Nashville Council begin at the 1:44 mark.)
Matheny told The Star last week he is “100 percent in the race for Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District,” in the event Rep. Diane Black opts to run for governor instead of seeking re-election.
Scottie Nell Hughes, who is also considering a run for the Sixth Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Diane Black if Black runs for governor, tells The Star she is cheering Matheny on.
“I really hope Representative Matheny, who is an extremely invaluable voice in our State Legislature, pushes a Bill to withhold State funding from Nashville because of the Metro Nashville Council’s vote to violate Federal law and risk the safety and security of those legal residents who live and visit Music City,” Hughes says.