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Governors’ Threats to Exclude Syrian Refugees Are Not Only Fear Mongering — They're Unconstitutional

In response to the horrific events in Paris, Governor Haslam and dozens of other governors have announced that they oppose — and in some cases will refuse — the resettlement of Syrian refugees to their states.

Many have commented on the misguided nature of this knee-jerk reaction: Refugees are more thoroughly vetted than any other group of people who come to the United States, undergoing rigorous security screenings prior to their arrival. These statements are also completely at odds with the fundamental American value of protecting those seeking safety from war and persecution, scapegoating refugees for the terror they are fleeing. But beyond the fear mongering and the rejection of core American values, these governors’ proposed policies can’t stand as a matter of the law: They are patently unconstitutional.


Taking Action

ACLU-TN and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition have sent a letter to the governor asking him to rescind his request to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in TN and commit to upholding our American values of freedom and fair treatment for all.


In the News





November 24, 2015: Organizations Statewide Urge Governor to Rescind Request to Suspend Refugee Resettlement

November 23, 2015: ACLU-TN Files Lawsuit Challenging School Censorship of Pro-LGBT Shirt

November 18, 2015: Call to Round Up Syrian Refugees Is “Reprehensible”

November 16, 2015: ACLU-TN Disappointed With Haslam Request to Suspend Syrian Refugee Resettlement










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