Members of the Tennessee Alliance/Tennessee Grassroots Patriots are asking Tennesseans to engage with their local and other elected officials to make sure their areas are not refugee resettlement areas.
They ask that you also contact your local elected officials to make sure they do declare your area a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
Members of the Tennessee Alliance/Tennessee Grassroots Patriots made this request in an email to their members Sunday. They cited U.S. Republican President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order asking states and localities to offer input as to whether they want refugees resettled into their areas.
Members of the group are asked to contact their city and county mayors and county commissioners “to issue a formal directive to the Governor of Tennessee, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump, Your TN. State Rep. & Senator, indicating that they DO NOT WANT Refugees Resettled into their areas.”
The group also offered an article on the costs of refugee resettlement.
Members of the Tennessee Alliance/Tennessee Grassroots Patriots also referenced a bill introduced in the state House and Senate concerning refugee resettlement. Group members want people to contact their state House and state Senate representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
According to the language of the bill, it “requires this state to refuse to consent to receive any refugees for purposes of resettlement; requires each local government within this state to refuse to consent to receive any refugees for purposes of resettlement unless resettlement within its jurisdiction is approved by a certain process.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Tennessee Republican Bill Lee announced the state will not stop resettling refugees, even though Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Republican Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton said they disagree.
Lee had this power, per an executive order from U.S. Republican President Donald Trump. Trump issued an executive order in September that asked states and cities to consent in writing if they want to continue refugee resettlements.
Lee released a statement explaining his reasons.
“The United States and Tennessee have always been … a shining beacon of freedom and opportunity for the persecuted and oppressed, particularly those suffering religious persecution,” Lee said in a statement.
“My administration has worked extensively to determine the best outcome for Tennessee, and I will consent to working with President Trump and his administration to responsibly resettle refugees.”
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