State Senator Mark Green Would Take All State Funding from ‘Sanctuary Cities’

State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarskville) appeared on 99.7 FM WWTN’s Nashville Morning News with Ralph Bristol on Monday.

Ralph Bristol provided this report on his interview with Green to The Tennessee Star, which we reprint here with permission.

By Ralph Bristol

A state senator, running for governor, is demanding Tennessee cities toe the line on federal immigration laws, or risk all their state funding.

Sen. Mark Green, a Republican who represents Clarksville, has introduced a bill he says would “put teeth” in Tennessee’s existing law that bans cities from adopting so-called “sanctuary city” policies – which means, generally, they refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities in ICE’s efforts to deportation illegal immigrants in their cities, including their jails.

Appearing on Nashville’s Morning News, Green insisted his bill does not go beyond existing state and federal cooperation orders, but rather only enacts a punishment for disobeying existing law.

Green said he was inspired by comments made after the election by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who joined other Democrat sanctuary or sanctuary-oriented Mayors who have vowed to defy Trump’s threat to remove federal funding from true sanctuary cities. Green stopped short of accusing Barry of violating the law, but rebuked her for harboring the notion of providing sanctuary from federal law enforcement authorities.

Green said his bill is specifically preemptive to actions he believes Barry has suggested.

Nashville’s Morning News has extended an invitation to Mayor Barry to respond to Sen. Green.


Mayor Barry’s office responded to Ralph Bristol this morning. We reprint that response with permission from Ralph Bristol:


I appreciate you offering the chance for the Mayor to respond.

As a general rule we will not be commenting on newly filed legislation unless it is something that Metro Nashville is proactively supporting. Mayor Barry and the administration will work with our government relations team to identify and monitor legislation that could positively or negatively impact Nashville, and share thoughts, concerns, or suggestions with sponsors, committee members, and other members of the Tennessee General Assembly as necessary.


Sean Braisted

Tune in to Nashville’s Morning News with Ralph Bristol on 99.7 FM WWTN radio on Tuesday morning, and he’ll tell you why he scooped his own program by providing Mayor Barry’s response to his inquiry to The Tennessee Star first.

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT of Ralph Bristol’s interview with State Senator Mark Green on Monday

CLIP 01 – The concept of ‘Sanctuary’ is offensive

GREEN: Well, I think what really made me say, ‘Well, we’re going to have to do this in Tennessee’ is when [Nashville] Mayor Barry basically said [to] local law enforcement, you know, we’re not going to enforce the federal laws.

She basically came out, I think, last fall sometime and said, ‘We’re not going to turn our local law enforcement into enforcers of immigration law.’

But the fact of the matter is the federal law say you have to do that. She doesn’t have a choice.

I mean, take it back to the satellite view, to the definition of ‘sanctuary.’ They’re basically giving someone a safe place to hide from the law!

And just the concept is offensive to me.



CLIP 02 – Bill Cuts All Funding

GREEN: Well, we haven’t defined that in the bill. I imagine that’ll probably come in, in the amendment process.

The way the bill is worded right now, it’s subject to the state. So, we could take it all.

BRISTOL: Any state funding the city is getting? Including highway funding and anything – whether it’s related or not to immigration?

GREEN: That’s the way the bill is worded right now.

BRISTOL: Are you going to leave it that way?

GREEN: We’re going to wait — we’ll get in Committee and see what my colleagues think. A lot of bills are a joint process of the committee and legislature, so we’ll see what the temperature of everyone is and make a decision.

The goal is to keep this from happening.

BRISTOL: You’re starting with the heaviest hammer in the toolbox, and if you have to drop to a lighter hammer… that’s maybe or maybe not negotiable, alright?

GREEN: Amen.



CLIP 03 – No change, just “teeth”

GREEN: Basically all we’re saying that is local law enforcement refuses to enforce one of the Detain Orders fron ICE, we’re going to take state funding from them; the federal one takes federal funding.

And this isn’t new with [President] Donald Trump. Actually, [former Atty Gen] Loretta Lynch issued an order to ‘sanctuary cities’ saying, “You have to be in compliance with chapter 8, section 1373 of the US Code.”

So, this is not anything new. Once again, it’s not. anything. new. We’re just saying: enforce the law. Enforce the laws on the books.

You don’t like the laws? Go through the legislative process to and change the law. But this is what the law says, and you’re not going to ignore the law. And if you do, we’re going to take state funding as well as the federal government.



CLIP 04 – Pre-emptive to (in)action by Nashville’s Mayor Barry

GREEN: Now, she [Mayor Barry] hasn’t issues any edicts that I understand; not the City Council. No one, “Okay, do not do this.”

But as she goes around and says thing like, “We shouldn’t be doing this,” it makes us, in the legislature, say, “Okay, well let’s just keep this from ever happening.”




Related posts

13 Thoughts to “State Senator Mark Green Would Take All State Funding from ‘Sanctuary Cities’”

  1. Frank H Pittman

    No to illegals we are a nation of laws if you people want to put illegals ahead of America and American will will remove you from office I personally don’t believe they the illegals should be here I was in an accident with one who runs a red light no insurance or any thing it cost me my ability to work and take care of my family it be over eight years ago and I still hurt and can’t move good from it so remove all illegals from this state and this country

  2. No sanctuary cities No sanctuary states period

    1. Lee Carter

      First of all Berry is not a mayor anymore so her nose shouldn’t even in it and her xomments now shouldn’t matter. Second, the law is the law and MR Green makes a valid statement and NO ONE shouls be considered above the law. The people in Washington ( our government ) needs to understand that we will no longer be working to make them millionaires but we will be taking government into our own hands. This crap has got to stop. I wouls love to sit down with Mr Green ans talk with him a bit.

  3. All funding should be cut off to them

  4. Steve Black

    Other legislative suggestions would be prohibiting civil asset seizure and / or forfeiture until a conviction was obtained. The seriousness of the crime must be consistent with magnitude of the assets being forfeited. Make the seizing agency responsible for court & attorney costs should a citizen successfully apeal a seizure. Proceeds from forfeiture process should go to general fund, not the seizing agency – they are there to serve & protect, not prey & profit. Allow a court to award damages should the seizing agency not be able to demonstrate probable cause for the initial search or not following due process. There needs to be a serious downside to agencies abusing the asset forfeiture process.

  5. David Hildenbrand


  6. carolyn riley

    thank goodness I don’t live in Nashville, I have never trusted that woman y’all should vote her out next term. seems as if she goes against the citizens of Nashville. I WILL GLADLY VOTE FOR MARK GREEN FOR GOVENOR, PLEASE DO RUN FOR THAT OFFICE . WE NEED DECENT HONEST PEOPLE THAT WE CAN TRUST. MY SON HAS SAID HE WILL CAMPAIGN FOR HIM.

    1. Carrie Hollis

      Please do run for governor Megan Barry Disgrace to our state no sanctuary city no sanctuary state

  7. Jim Dyer

    Didn’t know there were sanctuary cities in Tennessee should stop them

    1. Ronnie

      Well where there is a liberal there is lawless communities! If I have to obey federal law so does a city!

  8. […] position, Green was strongly considering a run for Governor. He opposes the Haslam Gas Tax hike and sanctuary city policies like Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry […]

  9. […] position, Green was strongly considering a run for Governor. He opposes the Haslam Gas Tax hike and sanctuary city policies like Nashville’s May Megan Barry […]