Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday he hasn’t decided if he’ll accept President Donald Trump’s offer to let states refuse to accept refugees, U.S. News reported. The governor added he has not spoken to his team about how he will respond to this executive order.
In 2016, Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam decided not to sign lawmakers’ resolution demanding a lawsuit.
However in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, made a decision on the matter: her state will continue to accept refugees, given Trump’s executive order that gives states the decision, MSNBC reported.
“Resettlement is a lifeline our country provides to the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” Brown tweeted.
Resettlement is a lifeline our country provides to the world’s most vulnerable refugees. The Trump admin will soon require states to opt IN to welcoming refugees, their latest attack against immigrant & refugee communities. These are not the values on which our country was built. pic.twitter.com/ImoJoIiJiH
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) October 21, 2019
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) and Bursch Law PLLC filed a petition for rehearing by the entire Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals bench of a two-judge panel opinion dismissing Tennessee’s challenge to the constitutionality of the federal refugee resettlement program for lack of standing, The Tennessee Star reported in September.
The petition for rehearing is available here.
The two-judge panel rejected the state’s challenge in July, as The Star previously reported.
The basis for the rehearing petition, which was filed Friday, Sept. 6, is that the two-judge opinion is “painfully at odds” with Supreme Court precedent.
A federal judge in March 2018 dismissed Tennessee’s lawsuit against the federal government’s resettlement of refugees in the state on 10th amendment grounds, The Star said. The Tennessee General Assembly in May 2018 authorized the Thomas More Law Center to file an appeal on its behalf, The Star reported. The law center did not charge for the service.
Trump has again lowered the maximum amount of refugees allowed into the United States, bringing it to yet another record low, according to The Hill. The Trump Administration is set to move forward with lowering the refugee cap to just 18,000 for the 2020 fiscal year, the lowest since the refugee program was first started in 1980.
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