News 3 Channel reported that on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that his state will continue accepting refugees.
Lee says that his government will provide “safe harbor” to refugees allegedly escaping persecution.
World Relief Memphis was one of the organizations that has advised Lee on accepting more refugees.
The organization is dedicated to resettling refugees and immigrants from across the globe.
“Last week, we got to go downtown to a naturalization ceremony and celebrate best friends we welcomed five years ago,” commented P.J. Moore, the Director of World Relief Memphis.
Moore’s organization has taken a lead role in advising Gov. Lee about the decision.
“President Trump signed an executive order that required the state department to create a process where states and counties need to give written consent to the state department that’s its OK for refugees to be resettled in their jurisdictions,” Moore stated.
Although some Tennessee lawmakers would like to exercise prudence, he’s deciding to continue accepting refugees.
“The United States and Tennessee have always been, since the very founding of our nation, a shining beacon of freedom and opportunity,” Lee declared in his letter to Lt. Governor Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton.
He continued by stating that “my commitment to these ideals is based on my faith, personally visiting refugee camps on multiple continents, and my years of experience ministering to refugees here in Tennessee.”
However, the house speaker and lieutenant governor countered, stating their “personal preference would have been to exercise the option to hit the pause button on accepting additional refugees in our state.”
“It’s such a complicated issue,” Shelby County GOP Chairman Chris Tutor expressed. “It’s a prudential judgment how to balance that passion for people with concerns about safety, about assimilation. Your heart goes out to people, but you want to make sure we’re taking care of citizens first.”
Moore claims that the government already has seven layers of agencies vetting refugees.
One would expect a conservative state like Tennessee to exercise some restraint when dealing with refugee resettlement.
However, the immigration has shown that both parties are unreliable in trying to create an immigration policy that actually benefits American interests.
Ultimately, it will be up to grassroots activists at the county and municipal level to turn up the heat on their elected officials to make sure that their state will not be flooded by endless waves of migrants.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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