Tennessee passes resolution to sue feds over refugees
A resolution that would direct Tennessee to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program has passed in the state Legislature.
The measure was approved in the Senate on Monday after lawmakers agreed to a change in the resolution that would allow a private law firm to sue on behalf of Tennessee if the state attorney general refuses to sue. Use of the private firm could not cost taxpayers.
It passed in the House on Monday.
Fears about refugee resettlement in Tennessee were heightened after last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Lawmakers have said the state has no say in the program but pays the costs for the education, health and other taxpayer-funded services provided to the refugees. Refugee rights advocates have said the legislation makes the state look unwelcoming and sends the wrong message.