Sanctuary Cities Bill Set to Be Heard in Tennessee’s State and Local Government Committee

A bill aimed to strengthen state laws barring municipalities from ignoring state and federal laws in order to aid, abet, and otherwise shield illegal aliens from federal law enforcement agencies will be heard in the State and Local Government Committee Tuesday morning.

“Sanctuary cities are illegal and dangerous, and it’s time for us to take action to protect our citizens who honor the laws of our great state and nation,” Green said in a statement. “By adding teeth to our existing immigration laws, hopefully our state can prevent tragedies like what happened to Kate Steinle in San Francisco.”

The measure, SB2332, is sponsored by State Senator Mark Green (R-TN-Clarksville) and would prohibit any local government that enact so-called ‘sanctuary city’ laws from receiving any state funding. It would also create a mechanism for Tennesseans to submit complaints directly to the Attorney General, and would authorize law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials to enforce immigration laws.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy in the state House. Co-sponsors include Senators Mike Bell, Janice Bowling, Ed Jackson, Bill Ketron, Mark Pody, Kerry Roberts, and Steve Southerland.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 10am, and will be available to view live online here.


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