Senator suggests legal challenge to refugees in TN

State Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield, is asking Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to explore the possibility of a lawsuit against resettlement of refugees within Tennessee because the federal government has not complied with a requirement in federal law for regular consultation with state officials on the issue.

Further from Breitbart News:

Roberts was one of several members of the Tennessee General Assembly who participated in a a joint meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the House State Government Committee in Nashville who heard the startling testimony from Gibbons.

“Under federal law, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration are required to consult on a regular basis not less than quarterly, with state and local governments, and private non-profit voluntary agencies, concerning the sponsorship process and, importantly, the intended distribution of refugees among the states and location before the placement in those states and localities,” Gibbons testified.

“So far, to this point, we feel there has not been adequate compliance with this mandate under federal law,” he added.

“To our knowledge, there has been no regular consultation with the executive branch in [Tennessee] state government regarding the resettlement and placement of refugees within our state,” Gibbons stated.

Senator Roberts asked Gibbons if the federal government had given the state of Tennessee a reason why they are not fulfilling their statutory obligation to consult with the state.

“No sir,” Gibbons responded.

…An excerpt from Robert’s resulting letter to the AG:

As we’ve learned from Texas’ failed attempt to compel the federal government to consult, I hold little hope that Tennessee – a Wilson-Fish state which has opted out of the refugee resettlement program – can compel the federal government to consult with us.

Therefore, I believe it is in the best interest of the State of Tennessee to mount a constitutional challenge to the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

…I believe we have a duty to explore all meritorious options. The Thomas More Law Center has prepared a constitutional challenge and is willing, pro bono, to assist or represent the State of Tennessee in the lawsuit should Governor Haslam agree to serve as plaintiff. I strongly urge you to pursue this option.