Tennesseee Attorney General Wants Congress to Grant Amnesty and Legitimize Unconstitutional Action by Obama Administration

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Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery, III, by letter dated September 1, 2017, informed Sens. Alexander and Corker that he is willing to forgo upholding the Constitution and the rule of law in favor of supporting Obama’s unilateral action that established the 2012 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

Slatery has elected to leave the coalition of ten state Attorneys General and the Governor of Idaho, which in a June 29, 2017 letter to U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, requested a phase out of the 2012 DACA program because there was no statutory authority for the executive branch to unilaterally confer lawful presence and work authorization on illegal aliens. It was estimated that the 2012 DACA extended to over one million illegal aliens.

The Attorneys General also requested that the memorandum and order establishing DACA be rescinded and that no new DACA permits or renewals be issued. The administration was also put on notice that the AG coalition would sue if the requested actions regarding DACA were not undertaken by September 5, 2017:

This request does not require the Executive Branch to immediately rescind DACA or Expanded DACA permits that have already been issued. This request does not require the Secretary to alter the immigration enforcement priorities contained in his separate February 20, 2017 memorandum. And this request does not require the federal government to remove any alien.

If, by September 5, 2017, the Executive Branch agrees to rescind the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum and not to renew or issue any new DACA or Expanded DACA permits in the future, then the plaintiffs that successfully challenged DAPA and Expanded DACA will voluntarily dismiss their lawsuit currently pending in the Southern District of Texas. Otherwise, the complaint in that case will be amended to challenge both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits.

Despite his prior written agreement to the September 5th deadline, AG Slatery in a September 1, 2o17 letter, unilaterally set a new timeline for action so as to justify pulling out of the potential and likely successful lawsuit:

As of the sending of this letter, the Administration has not agreed to rescind the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum and order as requested by the coalition of States. At this time, our Office has decided not to challenge DACA in the litigation, because we believe there is a better approach that we outline below.

According to Slatery, the “better approach” is the new “DREAM Act of 2017” recently introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Dick Durbin. The bill provides even greater protection for the DACA eligible by offering a path to citizenship.

Conexion Americas, a Nashville Latino advocacy organization and recipient of a $250,000 donation from Randy and Jenny Boyd is also pushing for passage of the new DREAM Act. Renata Soto, the founder and director of Conexion Americas chairs the board of the National Council of La Raza and serves on the board of GOP gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd’s educational non-profit, “Complete Tennessee.”

Boyd and Soto are both “never-Trumpers.” Boyd is a named member of the New American Economy organization which is working to protect the DACA program.

In 2015, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers introduced a resolution that would have put a measure on the 2018 ballot to amend the state’s constitution and allow the state’s Attorney General to be elected instead of appointed by the state’s Supreme Court.

Slatery likely understands that the lawsuit threatened by the Attorneys General coalition will succeed in ending the 2012 DACA program. Two years ago, 26 states, including Tennessee, filed a suit challenging Obama’s expansion of the DACA program and the newly proposed DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) program which would have also provided amnesty-styled work authorization and lawful presence to almost four million illegal aliens.

A federal judge enjoined the program, holding that there was no statutory authority for the executive branch to unilaterally confer lawful presence and work authorization on illegal aliens. In June, the Secretary of Homeland Security revoked these two programs.

The 2012 DACA program was not part of the lawsuit but is subject to the very same defects relied upon by the judge in the 2015 suit.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s review ended in a 4-4 vote resulting in the lower court’s injunction remaining in effect.




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  3. Josh Read

    When we passed the Constitutional Amendment #2 in 2014 we set this in concrete. Promoted by the Haslam administration using Brian Kelsey as his sponsor pawn, as the way to “strengthen your vote for Judge” we inculcated an unelected Supreme Court appointing an unelected Attorney General. A massive aggregation of political power requiring another Constitutional Amendment to over turn it. Hope you like it suckers.

  4. Susan E Gingrich

    Mae Beavers’ idea of electing the AG is correct and needed. I am seeing why TN is always in the list of most corrupt states. Obviously, honor and supporting the will of the people are not part of his thoughts and vocabulary like many others in Nashville and the US Congress.

    1. 83ragtop50

      How about just being on the side of supporting the laws of the land. I thought that is what attorneys general were hired to do. This Haslam appointee makes me sick to my stomach. We get rid of Haslam next year but are stuck with this no account for another 4-5 years.

  5. Wolf Woman

    Well, Herbert Slatery the III, does taking the side of the illegal aliens make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and relieve that pain of white guilt? As the AG, does rewarding law breakers make you feel like you’ve done something virtuous for the state of Tennessee?

    The clue phone is ringing for you, Herbert Slatery III and the voice on the other end says, Compasión Idiota . Call La Raza Randy for a translation.

  6. Jim Forsythe

    What a jerk! It is time to put America first again. Deport the illegals.

  7. 83ragtop50

    How do we get rid of this guy? An attorney general that does not support the law of the land. The legislature had to go around him to file suit in an attempt to stop the illegal dumping of refugees in Tennessee. I do not care how he “feels” about anything. I want our laws to be enforced.