Shelby County Democratic Mayor Lee Harris is fine with more refugees in his city, and he sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying as much.
This, according to various Memphis-based news outlets, who noted that Harris is following the lead of Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee.
Members of Harris’ office did not return The Tennessee Star’s requests for comment Tuesday.
As The Tennessee Star reported last year, Memphis and Shelby County officials have embraced illegal immigrants and are willing to defy state law to do so.
Shelby County officials said outright they would not cooperate with a Tennessee law that helps federal officials detain and deport illegal aliens. The state law took effect January 1 of last year, according to The Associated Press.
The law, The AP went on to say, “threatens local governments with the loss of future state economic and community development money” if they have sanctuary policies.
Federal immigration officials have the power to deport illegal aliens arrested on other charges. But some local laws have kept those local law enforcement officers from cooperating with the feds. The new law bans those local policies, according to The AP.
As The Star reported in 2018, county officials, specifically the folks at the county attorney’s office, tell their law enforcement officers to ignore the feds, especially Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As for Lee, as The Star reported this week that the governor doubled down on his controversial – and unpopular – decision to say yes, rather than no, to more refugees in Tennessee during an interview with Nashville radio personality Michael DelGiorno.
In September, U.S. Republican President Donald Trump issued an executive order that enabled state and local governments to refuse resettling any more refugees in their states or localities.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Lee brought an early Christmas gift to leftists around the state. He announced one week before the holiday that he wrote Pompeo and invited the federal government to continue resettling refugees in Tennessee through voluntary agencies that take federal taxpayer dollars to do so.
This, even though even though Republican Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Republican Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton said they disagreed with Lee’s choice.
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