Members of the Hamilton County Republican Party have denounced Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee for deciding to continue resettling refugees in the state.
In doing so, they also denounced Chattanooga Democratic Mayor Andy Burke for deciding to do something similar.
Members of the Hamilton County GOP made their statement on their official Twitter page.
“Gov. Bill Lee and Mayor Burke are all WRONG on #refugee resettlement into area. See demise of cities like Deerborn, MI, Minneapolis, MN and others w/no ASSIMILATION, citizens forced out #badpolicy #blockit #backdooramnesty Help refugees in home territory!” members of the group said in a since-deleted tweet.
As The Chattanooga-based WRCB TV reported, Chattanooga will welcome refugees next year, per Burke.
“We’ve had the highest rise in the number of foreign-born residents to come to Chattanooga in the last four years than any city in America,” the station quoted Berke as saying.
“The governor has said that he’s willing to allow refugees here, which is a positive step forward, so what we want to do is make sure that we as a community welcome people.”
The United States will accept up to 18,000 refugees in 2020, the station reported, adding that’s down from 30,000 that were accepted in 2019 according to Pew Research.
As The Tennessee Star reported Monday, 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.”
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