Metro Nashville’s “Director of Law Jon Cooper has found that Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall would not be bound by the council’s ordinance prohibiting him from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration,” Nick Beres reported early Tuesday morning at NewsChannel 5:
An opinion from Metro’s legal director has found that the proposed immigration ordinance in Nashville is not enforceable. . .
Metro’s Director of Law Jon Cooper has found that Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall would not be bound by the council’s ordinance prohibiting him from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration.
Not only that, Cooper found that the ordinance would not be enforceable because it violates the Metro Charter.
“Sheriff Hall has said all along he would not honor the ordinance because it’s a public safety issue,” NewsChannel 5 reported:
“To ask me to ignore everything with immigration is to let that person go who is a serious criminal local violator or federal immigration violator,” Hall said.
Hall also said he didn’t believe the council had the authority to tell him how to do his job, and the city attorney agreed.
This legal opinion from the city’s own attorney could kill or possibly delay the final vote on the ordinance.
As The Tennessee Star reported earlier on Tuesday morning, a new non-profit organization, Tying Nashville Together, Inc. has announced plans to hold a rally in downtown Nashville on Thursday, July 6, the day of the scheduled vote on the third reading, to oppose the proposed sanctuary city ordinance.
You can see Metro Director of Law Cooper’s June 26 opinion letter to Sheriff Hall here:CooperMetro