The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) put out a new manifesto last month describing how they want Metro Nashville officials to treat illegal immigrants, and it demands taxpayers subsidize new programs to protect them from deportation.
This document, titled, Beyond Welcoming: A Platform for Immigrant Inclusion for the Next Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, also disparages ICE agents as persecutors who set out to destroy immigrant families.
You can download the full document here.
The TIRRC document focused on community organizing activities to put political pressure on state and local officials.
“Each week in Nashville, ICE is terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and ripping residents away from their families and communities,” according to the document. (Page 3)
“As the federal government ramps up immigration enforcement, the state legislature has continued their efforts to make life harder for immigrant and refugee communities.” (Page 3)
The document calls on Nashville officials to embrace pro-immigrant policies and “help turn the tide in this country.” (Page 3)
Among only some of the document’s policy suggestions for Nashville leaders:
• Nashville should not help ICE deport illegal immigrants. (Page 4)
• The Davidson County jail must stop renting bed space to ICE. (Page 7)
• Nashville should invest in taxpayer-funded workforce development programs (Page 11) and affordable housing projects to help immigrants (Page 12).
• Nashville should create programs that “mitigate the harm that persistent fear of deportation can cause.” (Page 5)
• Nashville must track and assess how ICE uses local governments for immigration enforcement. (Page 8)
• Nashville must establish a legal defense fund to provide access to legal representation for illegal immigrants threatened with or in removal proceedings. (Page 8)
• The Metro Nashville Public Schools must promote the mental health and well-being of students experiencing stress or trauma when a loved one is detained or deported. (Page 15)
• The school system must also make sure public schools are safe spaces for all illegal immigrant families. (Page 15)
• City officials must also direct all public agencies, such as courts, businesses and hospitals, to create safe spaces for illegal immigrants and prohibit those agencies from cooperating with civil immigration enforcement operations. (Page 16)
As The Tennessee Star reported, TIRRC officials hosted a forum last Monday for various At-Large Metro Council and mayoral candidates. During the forum, candidates said Nashville should embrace a sanctuary city status and no longer assist ICE agents.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition” by Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.