Believe it or not but one state in the continental US decided to stand up to President Obama on his refugee resettlement program. On April 18th and 19th 2016, The State of Tennessee’s General Assembly voted and passed Senate Joint Resolution 467 in the State Senate 29-4 and The Tennessee House 69-25 to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds. Surely you can bet that Obama and the federal government are not going to be happy about being sued by a state in the union.
State Senator Mark Norris, who is co-sponsor of the resolution, said that the assembly clearly understands the very importance of state sovereignty and public safety.
“The Syrian surge heightens our sense of urgency to get this properly before the courts, and we urge the attorney general to act without delay,” and Norris also added “Today we struck a blow for Liberty by finally adopting SJR467.”
To give a little background, Tennessee in 2008 became one of the first states, which now has become 12 states, to withdrawal from the very controversial program known as The Refugee Resettlement Program and now is the first state that plans to sue the federal government over its continued operation of the program within its state’s boarders. While it does remain unclear if the Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will support the resolution, even though he has expressed concerns and reservations about the resolution, it should be made clear that by Tennessee law his support is not required for the lawsuit to move forward. It was also announced in January by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley that his state would also sue the federal government as well.
The announcement of this resolution and plans of suing the federal government comes at a very bad time for Obama as he has recently announced that the vetting time of the Syrian Refugees would go from two years down to three months. This change was brought about as the Obama administration attempts to meet its goal of 10,000 refugees by September. Even while Obama continually insists that the refugees coming from the country of Syria are completely harmless, he will not deny that 85 to 95% of the refugees have connections to radical Islamic terror groups. Tennessee is one of several states that recognize this and has now taken steps to defend against it.
It is encouraging to see the states finally taking a stand and using the Tenth Amendment of The United States Constitution for what it was meant for. The threat that is associated with the refugees is real and the uncontrollable reach and expansion of the federal governments power grab is very REAL. It is time to MAKE YOUR STAND!!!!!!