Bill Lee, one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor, weighed in on the anti-sanctuary city legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that Gov. Haslam has not yet signed into law.
“As I’ve said throughout this campaign, I am opposed to sanctuary cities,” Lee said in a statement released by his campaign to the Tennessee Star late Friday night.
“They embrace lawlessness and put our entire state at risk. I would use every single tool in my power to stop them and enforce the rule of law. As governor, I would sign this bill,” Lee concluded.
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the anti-sanctuary city bill last month despite “[r]epeated efforts by House members to derail [it].”
The bill passed the Tennessee House of Representatives by a 64 to 23 vote.
“State Sen. Mark Green [R-Clarksville] passed the Senate companion bill SB 2332, with a solid 23 -5 vote,” The Star reported.
“We’ve seen time and again that the consequences of illegal immigration can be severe, and sometimes, even deadly. This bill puts Tennesseans first,” Green said in a statement at the time.
Far left activists, including the Tennessee Immigrants Rights Coalition and the Southern Poverty Law Center have been lobbying aggressively to persuade Gov. Bill Haslam to veto the bill.
Haslam will have ten days from the time he is delivered the final version of the bill–signed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally–to either veto it, sign it, or allow it to become law by taking no action.