Nine State Senators released a letter Tuesday joining the 63 members of the Tennessee House of Representatives who on Monday expressed their unequivocal opposition to a proposed sanctuary city ordinance that awaits a third and final vote in Metro Nashville Council on July 6. The Council passed the controversial ordinance on second reading June 20 in a 25 to 8 vote.
The letter was released by the office of State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), an announced candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, and is signed (physically or virtually) by eight additional State Senators, including State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta), Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield), Senator Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin), Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), and Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma).
The two-page statement begins:
With the Second Reading of the Ordinances filed by Metro Councilmen Bob Mendes and Colby Sledge having passed and a vote pending from the Metro Council, we are compelled to make public the intent and purposes of this Ordinance and to make it known that as Representatives of the State of Tennessee, we soundly object to their passage. Tennessee is currently being represented by the Thomas More Law Center in a lawsuit questioning the Federal government’s constitutional violations of the Tenth Amendment and the Spending Clause relating to their Refugee Resettlement Program.
The State House – and now the Senate – members’ rejection of the lawless and likely illegal proposal by the open-borders activists sitting on the Council has been joined grassroots organizers, who announced a rally for the afternoon of July 6, shortly before the Council is set to vote on the third and final reading of the ordinance.
While Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is known for her far left open borders, pro-illegal immigration political philosophy, on Tuesday she released her own statement urging the Council to “reconsider” the proposal.
The signatures of all but Bowling, Roberts and Green, who were not physically in Nashville on Tuesday but affirmed their agreement with the letter via text and phone conversations, are on the letter that Beavers released to the press late Tuesday afternoon.
Beavers told The Tennessee Star that she expects almost every member of the Republican delegation in the State Senate will sign on to the letter in the coming days. She has been campaigning for governor in East Tennessee the last few days, and she reached to as many of her colleagues as she could while on the road before releasing the letter today, but wanted to move quickly to decisively impact the debate in a timely manner.
You can read the full letter released by Beavers on Tuesday here: