NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The controversial sanctuary city bill will become law in Tennessee without Governor Bill Haslam’s signature.
State lawmakers overwhelmingly passed HB2315, which prohibits cities and counties from adopting policies that would protect undocumented immigrants from federal agents.
Governor Bill Haslam is not signing the sanctuary city bill, but he’s not vetoing it either.
Haslam says the bill has created a lot of unnecessary fear in the state and doesn’t change the way the state deals with federal immigration agencies anyways. pic.twitter.com/1wNYI2Vc94
— Kyle Horan (@KyleHoranNC5) May 21, 2018
Governor Haslam said Monday that the bill has created a lot of unnecessary fear in the state and doesn’t change the way the state deals with federal immigration agencies.
When was asked why he wouldn’t veto the bill, Haslam said it’s because it would just prolong the discussion, adding that we don’t currently have any sanctuary cities in Tennessee.
The so-called sanctuary city bill requires law enforcement officials to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement rules, including detainer requests.
In addition, a city would lose state funding if found to have violated the law.
Advocates have vocalized their concerns and held a rally with more than 1,000 immigrants nearly two weeks ago.