Governor Haslam has allowed HB 2315, a bill that effectively turns all state and local law enforcement officers into unpaid immigration agents, to become law without his signature, despite the thousands of individuals from across the state and country calling on him to veto.
National Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter Urging Tennessee Governor to Veto Extreme Anti-Immigrant Bill
Several national groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee to veto the mass deportation anti-immigrant bill HB 2315.
Constitutional Law Experts, Violence Survivors’ Advocates, Criminal Defense Attorneys Urge Governor to Veto Mass Deportation Bill
Experts from across Tennessee in three fields – constitutional and immigration law, criminal defense, and domestic and sexual violence advocacy – each sent Governor Haslam a letter urging him to veto mass deportation bill HB 2315.
Tennessee lawmakers filed an appeal in their lawsuit attempting to block refugee resettlement in the state, months after a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit on multiple grounds, including the TGA's lack of standing to bring the lawsuit and the state's failure to show that refugee resettlement in Tennessee violates the U.S. Constitution.
Tennessee legislators passed an extreme measure that, if signed by Governor Bill Haslam, would effectively turn all local and state law enforcement officers into unpaid federal immigration agents. The bill's passage comes despite pressure from ACLU-TN and other immigrants' rights organizations across the state to stop the legislation.
HJR 0037 would amend the Tennessee Constitution to state that "liberties do not come from government, but from Almighty God."
April 19: On Thursday, April 19, immigrant families, faith leaders, educators, and organizers will be holding statewide actions against mass deportations tearing Tennessee families apart. The actions come on the two week anniversary of the largest worksite raid in over a decade in Morristown, Tennessee where 97 workers were arrested by immigration enforcement agents.
June 10 – June 12: The ACLU Conference brings together ACLU members and activists alike for learning, mobilization, and inspiration. The event is an opportunity for members from around the country to exchange ideas, to celebrate the extraordinary history of the ACLU, and to look forward to the challenges ahead.
Tennessee’s ironically-named "safekeeping" law is used to remove certain pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues, and even young people — from local jails and to send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.
SB 1575/HB 2106 would fix an antiquated law that is used to remove "special needs" pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues and young people — from local jails and send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.