Last week the Tennessee House of Representatives voted 72 to 25 to approve HJR741, a resolution in opposition to Governor Lee’s decision to allow refugee resettlement in Tennessee and challenge his power to do so.
This move is the latest in efforts by Tennessee immigration patriots to stop resettlement in their state.
HJR741 reiterates claims made in a similar anti-refugee resolution that Representative Terri Weaver sponsored in 2016. That resolution launched a lawsuit against the federal government challenging its authority to carry out refugee resettlement in Tennessee without the legislature’s consent. Two federal courts threw out lawsuit, and a subsequent appeal in theSixth Circuit Court of Appeals was also rejected.
HJR741 is one of few pieces of legislation introduced in 2020 designed to challenge Governor Lee’s decision to bring in refugees.
Several activists were clearly irked by this resolution.
Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Policy Director for TIRRC Votes, issued the following statement:
This resolution is election year politics at its worst. Representative Weaver’s resolution does nothing to alter or strengthen the resettlement program, instead it increases skepticism about refugees and re-hashes arguments that have already been settled by the courts and by the General Assembly. There are many things legislators could do to support refugees and invest in the success of all families who call Tennessee home. This resolution accomplishes nothing except to spread misinformation, divide our communities, and make refugee families feel unwelcome. Representative Weaver should spend her time trying to pass legislation that meaningfully improves the lives of her constituents instead of scapegoating refugees.
Last September, President Donald Trump issued an executive order which required governors and county executives planning on resettling refugees to give their consent on the matter.
19 Republican Governors have consented to resettling refugees so far.
Republicans are playing with fire by trying to embrace a moderate form of the refugee mania.
National cohesion is at stake when letting endless waves of migrants — be they refugees, legal workers, or illegals — enter the country.
The Tennessee House should be saluted for exercising sanity on this matter.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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