Tennessee lawmakers discuss Syrian refugee vetting process
Tennessee lawmakers say they continue to get calls from their constituents expressing concern about the vetting process for allowing Syrian refugees in the state.
A joint legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday from security officials and refugee advocates.
A highlight of the testimony came from David Shedd, former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, who acknowledged there are some weaknesses in the federal vetting process.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam called on the federal government to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee unless state agencies can become involved in the vetting process.
State Attorney General Herbert Slatery later said in a legal opinion that federal law prevents Tennessee from refusing entry of Syrian refugees.