Members of Tennessee Stands told supporters in a newsletter this week that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is weak on immigration and refugee resettlement issues.
“We have a crisis at the border and it’s undeniable. And while there are many areas we could point to regarding the Lee administration where things are not always what they seem, one of the most glaring for most of his time in office has been immigration and refugee resettlement. Lee is weak on enforcing a conservative immigration policy and has a propensity to use the guise of Christianity to support refugees pouring into our state,” according to the newsletter.
“But Christian charity does not necessarily have to lead one to believe that we must open up Tennessee as a hospitality industry to the hurting around the world. But Bill Lee has kept this issue front and center. Towards the end of 2019, the Trump administration gave states the ability to opt out of the federal resettlement program. But what did Tennessee’s governor do? He made a firm commitment to remain in the program.”
Tennessee Stands, according to its website, calls on state and local officials “to restore our constitutional republic.”
“At the time, there was a movement of pastors led by the Evangelical Immigration Table and one does not have to look very deep into the list of supporters to see that the effort is led mostly by a progressive form of Christianity that is hardly biblical. One of the group’s supporters is the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), led by heretic, Russell Moore (who recently announced his departure from the organization). It is worth noting that the ERLC is largely responsible for working to integrate Critical Race Theory into churches across America, most notably the Southern Baptist Convention,” according to Tennessee Stands’ newsletter.
“And now here we are in 2021, and Chattanooga is at the center of the immigration crisis with buses and airplanes filled with illegal immigrants being sent to a local center right here in Tennessee by the Biden Administration. And apparently, we are to believe that this has taken the Lee administration by complete surprise. So, no one knew what was happening? This is interesting because the Migrant Detention Center in Chattanooga where these illegals are being sent is a center that has received approval from the Lee administration. This is not some secret hideout that no one knows about.”
Multiple airplanes carrying unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border landed late at night on multiple days at Chattanooga’s Wilson Air Center. Upon arriving in Chattanooga, dozens of migrant children boarded multiple buses to transport them to various locations.
One of the bus companies that picked up the migrant children said they were sent to the Chattanooga Air Center as part of a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The company added they have picked up migrants at multiple locations across the South — including Atlanta and Mobile. Over the past months, multiple migrant children have stayed at the Tennessee Temple dormitory in the Highland Park area of Chattanooga. It is unclear how many of the most recent migrants were located to this area.
Tennessee Stands said in the newsletter that “our foster care system is broken as it is with many people throughout the state being underserved.”
“And regarding education, this is certainly going to invite more federal dollars and federal programs propping up our schools to solve problems that we should not have in the first place. This is an invitation for more government intrusion and more progressive policy in Tennessee,” the newsletter said.
“This needs to stop. And it needs to stop today.”
– – –