TN Republican Legislators to Go ‘Hot and Heavy’ Against Illegal Immigration Next Year

Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly are bragging on their accomplishments in immigration reform — especially about a unique approach to the E-Verify hiring system — but what could be ripe for debate is the list of immigration bills they’re ready to push next year.
More from Mike Morrow’s TNReport:
Lawmakers say they intend to pursue legislation beginning in January on immigration enforcement at the state level (SB0780), denying state taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens (HB1379), an English-only driver’s license process (SB0010) and, in what may be a highly volatile issue, an effort (HB0751) to seek clarification on whether a child born here to illegal aliens should be considered a citizen, as has generally been the practice.
Legislators are trumpeting their accomplishments in this year’s session not only on the successful E-Verify plan and the material support bill to fight “homegrown terrorism” but a lesser-known bill meant to address issues related to legal refugees who come into the state.
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition has issued a detailed report on the Legislature’s efforts on immigration this year, including continued warnings about each of the bills that didn’t pass. (Note: Link HERE.) The group claims success in holding the line on “Arizona copycat legislation,” but it remains aware of states’ individual efforts at enacting immigration reforms.
…Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, one of the most adamant proponents of immigration legislation in the state, has said he will try to get an enforcement bill passed next year.
“We waited to see what Georgia was doing, what Alabama was doing, and we’re going to tweak our bill,” Ketron said. “We’re going to come back with a vengeance, and thank goodness the Supreme Court ruled the way they did just a few weeks ago on that issue.
The high court dealt strictly with an employment issue, upholding Arizona’s law penalizing businesses that hire illegal immigrants, lending strength to states that want to use the federal E-Verify identity system. There is debate, however, as to how far the court might go in other areas of enforcement, such as checking papers. The court ruling, nevertheless, was a sign that states may be allowed to act on immigration enforcement where the federal government has not acted.
“We’re going to bring that bill hot and heavy,” Ketron said. “It’s going to be the best bill passed so far.”

4 thoughts on “TN Republican Legislators to Go ‘Hot and Heavy’ Against Illegal Immigration Next Year

  1. Donna Locke

    Here’s a comment I left on Morrow’s post:
    This story is inaccurate.
    The so-called E-Verify bill passed this year by the Tennessee General Assembly does not require any employer — not even state agencies and contractors working for the state! — to run anyone through the E-Verify system. The mandate and tough penalties in the original Carr-Tracy bill were removed by its sponsors, state Rep. Joe Carr and state Sen. Jim Tracy, in response to the demands of the business lobby and the Haslam administration. We were left with a joke of a law. It does absolutely nothing to prevent hiring of illegal labor in this state and gives unscrupulous employers all the loopholes they need to keep doing what they’ve been doing.
    By the way, Gov. Haslam could issue an executive order requiring state agencies and employers contracting with the state to use E-Verify to catch and prevent hiring of illegal labor. He hasn’t. Neither did Bredesen before him (so much for the party of labor).
    Carr, Tracy, and Ketron, along with many of the other elected Republicans and Democrats, are complete sellouts on immigration enforcement, and they have lied about this hiring bill, now law. They continue to mislead Tennesseans about what this law does and about what they themselves did. Business as usual in your state legislature. Bought and paid for. Year after year. Tennessee is one of the worst I’ve seen. The lawmakers who passed this sham of a law should be ashamed of themselves. Alabama got it right. Some other states got it right or better. Puppets of the business lobby will not get it right.
    Carr has also removed the mandate (requirement language) in his SAVE (public-benefits eligibility) bill, which is still up for play next session. There is no bridge too far for Carr when it comes to gutting his bills. Shell game.
    My state senator, Bill Ketron, has himself demonstrated the same “flexibility” over many years. For one thing, he changed his driver’s license bill so that it is not English-only on the written exam but allows several other languages. If the purpose were “safety,” as he says and as many of us have advocated (one of my children was hit by an English-challenged illegal-alien driver), he would be trying to get the exam to match road signs: English only.
    Morrow, if you (or anyone) want to be on my e-list to get updates on immigration-enforcement bills and related lawmaker actions, e-mail me at tncoalition@hotmail.com. Some reporters get them.

  2. Brittanicus

    VERY URGENT! DON’T LET TIME RUN OUT..?
    Before the August recess of Congress, the American people can aid jobless citizens, legal permanent aliens by insisting that The Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 2164 be brought to the House floor for a vote. Time is of the essence and Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has an answer, to produce millions of jobs quickly and efficiently requiring the use of E-Verify nationwide that would free up jobs currently held by illegal aliens. This is a chance to help your fellow unemployed countryman by Calling House Leadership NOW Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the “Speaker of the House’s office” or the “House Majority Leader’s office. This is a very distasteful situation but birthright and legal individuals have a right to be employed over foreign cheap labor. You can also call the direct lines by dialing:
    * House Speaker John Boehner — 202-225-0600
    * House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — 202-225-4000
    America has been silently invaded and we are heading towards a future of overpopulation. We do not have the financial resources anymore and taking money from US taxpayers to pay for illegal alien’s welfare, emergency hospital visits and more throughout America is wrong. In all the discussions about cutting back on the US treasury deficits, both parties are refusing to consider in these opposed debates, the fact that illegal aliens are compounding this major issue; the dollar amount to the $14.5 Trillion dollars, in this depressed meltdown we are facing. The Department of Homeland Security estimated in 2003, that 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens had settled in America and 700,000 new people enter illegally and stay each year, with 8 million plus taking jobs from low income, middle class workers. This is about illegal immigration? An immigrant is not illegal and people need to be enlightened.
    E-Verify will reduce Sanctuary Cities and States policies, counter react The Dream Act, Secure Communities and place on iron fist of another fraudulent Amnesty being enacted. Secure Communitiesis also an excellent policing enforcement tool, but that is already enacted, but receiving negative publicity. Highly skilled Professional workers are always welcome, not indigent ECONOMIC illegal aliens who are driving this country, into a third world condition. We cannot accommodate any longer those who come here to steal welfare and public services from valid Americans. It is estimated that illegal aliens send home by wire transfer around $40 billion dollars annually, which should be going into state treasuries. Join the TEA PARTY; join the people of Black, White, Hispanic and every race and backgrounds who believe in the “Rule of Law.”
    PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO EVERYBODY YOU TRUST.

  3. Linda Wagner

    @Brittanicus
    You do realize E-Verify ONLY addresses the issue of NEW HIRES? Tennessee Code Annotated 50-1-103 addresses all employees.
    http://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/june-23-2011/hr-2164-has-six-aggressive-tools-end-grandfather-amnesty-loophole-existi
    http://www.wimberlylawson.com/CM/Alerts/Alerts40.asp
    @Donna
    Thanks for posting your e-mail address. I want to share some information. After deceiving the constituents in a horrifying way, Governor Haslam now claims he will fight to keep Tennessee from becoming a sanctuary state. I dread the influx of illegal aliens from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina……. Tennessee IS a great haven for illegal aliens.

  4. Linda Wagner

    @Brittanicus
    You do realize E-Verify ONLY addresses the issue of NEW HIRES? Tennessee Code Annotated 50-1-103 addresses all employees.
    http://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/june-23-2011/hr-2164-has-six-aggressive-tools-end-grandfather-amnesty-loophole-existi
    http://www.wimberlylawson.com/CM/Alerts/Alerts40.asp
    @Donna
    Thanks for posting your e-mail address. I want to share some information. After deceiving the constituents in a horrifying way, Governor Haslam now claims he will fight to keep Tennessee from becoming a sanctuary state. I dread the influx of illegal aliens from Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina……. Tennessee IS a great haven for illegal aliens.

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