Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton will create a Joint Study Committee on Refugee Issues within the Tennessee General Assembly that will investigate refugee resettlement and immigration in the state of Tennessee.
The establishment of this new committee comes in response to numerous reports of the Biden administration flying unaccompanied immigrant minors through the Chattanooga airport in the early hours of the morning. Many state officials have spoken out against the move by the Biden administration.
In a statement emailed to the press, Lt. Gov. McNally said, “When the federal government abdicates its responsibility to control our borders, states must step in. Through ineffectiveness, inattention, and incompetence, the Biden Administration has allowed our borders to be overrun.” He continued “Everyone coming into this country should be properly screened and vetted and there must be openness, transparency and communication between the federal government and Tennessee about how many refugees, migrants and immigrants are entering Tennessee, where they are coming from and where they are going.”
The scope of the committee will allow lawmakers to probe the number of migrant children permanently relocated to Tennessee. Additionally, they will investigate the financial impact of the relocated migrants.
“We must have transparency to address the concerns raised by both members of the General Assembly and Tennesseans. I am in agreement with Gov. Lee not to accept any unaccompanied migrant children. I appreciate Lt. Gov. McNally, as well as all those serving on the study committee for their partnership in shining a light on the federal government’s secretive immigration practices,” Speaker Sexton added.
State Sen. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) and Rep. Dan Howell (R-Cleveland) will serve as chairs for the committee, and it will be composed of five members each from both the House and the Senate.
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