Refugee resettlement resolution advances in Tennessee legislature

Feb 26, 2020

Lancaster, Tennessee, Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver is the House sponsor of the resolution chastising fellow Republican Gov. Bill Lee for continuing to accept federal refugee resettlement.

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers once again showed their displeasure with Gov. Bill Lee's decision to keep accepting refugees by advancing a resolution Tuesday that criticized the Republican's actions as violating the separation of powers.

The GOP-dominant Statehouse is currently leading a lawsuit claiming the federal refugee resettlement program improperly forces the state to spend money on additional services for the newcomers, including health care and education.

In the interim, however, lawmakers haven't only expressed disappointment with Lee's choice to keep resettling refugees, but also filed several measures this year seeking to overturn his December decision.