Not so fast!!

Tennessee Eagle Forum

Well, well, to say things are really hopping is a real understatement since present Nashville Mayor David Briley decided to ‘take on’ ICE and the Anti-Sanctuary City Bill that TN Eagle Forum worked so hard to pass in 2018.

Nashville Mayor David Briley calls for Tennessee lawmakers to repeal bill banning sanctuary cities

Nashville Mayor David Briley signs an executive order Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, calling on state lawmakers to repeal a ban on sanctuary cities.

Yihyun Jeong, Nashville Tennessean

Nashville Mayor David Briley is calling on state lawmakers to repeal an anti-sanctuary city law, with a promise to dedicate the full weight of the mayor’s office to support the effort. 

Briley signed an executive order Tuesday stating the city will challenge the constitutionality of HB 2315, a state law that went into effect this year, which ends local governments’ access to state economic development funds if they do not comply with a ban on “sanctuary city” policies.

The mayor’s move comes after reports last week that the city’s probation department was actively cooperating with federal immigration agents seeking to deport immigrants in the country illegally.

WSMV first reported that the General Sessions Probation Department was sharing information on probationers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents – prompting the mayor and broad swath of the Metro Council to demand investigations.

In one of her first moves taking over as presiding judge of the General Sessions Court this week, Judge Lynda Jones stood Tuesday in support of Briley as he signed the order at city hall.

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Nashville Mayor Briley signs executive order to fight house bill on sanctuary cities, ICE interference

Joey Gill, Digital Content Producer ,Updated 36 min ago | Posted on Sep 3, 2019

NASHVILLE (WSMV) – Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order on Tuesday to push for a repeal of a state house bill prohibiting state and local governments from adopting sanctuary policies in an effort to stop ICE interference on local government agencies.

In the executive order released to News4, Briley is calling for Davidson County’s delegation of the state General Assembly to fight for a repeal of House Bill 2315, and for an investigation into a violation of state and federal constitutions.

The executive order also addresses immediate actions that Metro will take to protect immigrants and refugees living in Nashville including require Metro city employees to notify of a request for support in an ICE operation and an annual public report of the total number of ICE requests received as well as the nature of the request, who received it, and whether it was accepted or denied.

Metro Department of Law is also being asked to explore all ways to challenge HB2315.

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Well, the new Speaker of the State House stepped in and said:  Not so fast!!

Brian Wilson interview Cameron on his morning show on WWTN yesterday.

Speaker Sexton could not have been more clear about the response to Briley, pointing out that we are a nation of laws and that the Legislature was very serious about make sure that the laws they passed are property enforced!!

If you click on this link:

You get the screen pictured below.   Just click on the the Speaker and you can listen to the marvelous interview with Cameron Sexton.

Cameron Sexton Calls David Briley’s Executive Order on Illegal Immigrants an Act of Desperation

September 11, 2019 Chris Butler

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, said Wednesday that Nashville Mayor David Briley’s executive order to protect illegal immigrants was an act of political desperation to save his flailing mayoral campaign.

Sexton, according to a press release, also said Briley is trying to turn Nashville into a Sanctuary City.

Briley will face At-Large Metro Council member John Cooper in Thursday’s general election.

“In lieu of the federal government following the Constitution and enforcing immigration laws pertaining to our nation’s southern border, Tennessee is taking the lead to protect the well-being and safety of our citizens,” Sexton said.

“Mayor Briley’s dangerous executive order is a last minute political ploy and a slap in the face to all law-abiding citizens and to our local law enforcement agencies. We are a representative republic of law and order, and no city or local mayor has the power to circumvent state or federal law.”

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Nashville Metro Council Candidate Steve Glover Sues to Put David Briley’s ICE Executive Order…On Ice

September 10, 2019 Chris Butler

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Metro At-Large Council candidate Steve Glover filed a lawsuit Monday that questions the legality of an executive order Nashville Mayor David Briley imposed last week that restricts Metro employees from cooperating with federal ICE agents.

In a statement, Briley’s spokesman tried to discredit Glover by tying him to former conservative mayoral candidate Carol Swain, who didn’t get past last month’s runoff election.

At a press conference, Glover said that, per state law, Nashville cannot receive any Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development money while Briley’s executive order is in effect.

“Literally, we are looking at 1,000 plus jobs in jeopardy here,” Glover told The Tennessee Star.

“If, in fact, the policy stood, we are looking at not only (losing) that but millions of dollars in ECD money.”

Glover said he consulted with State Rep. Jay D. Reedy, R-Erin, before he filed the suit.

Reedy sponsored HB 2315, a bill state legislators passed into law during the 2018 legislative session.

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We are very grateful for Speaker Sexton and Steve Glover too.

We will certainly be carefully following what happens and looking to determine what the next steps should be.  So, stay tuned.

Bobbie Patray

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