Clearly, Tennessee is fed up!
Lawmakers and citizens have been forced to accept refugees into their state by the federal government, despite major opposition from residents in the area.
So..what are they doing to do about it?
They’re suing the feds!
According to reports, Tennessee became the first state in the nation on Monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of several state lawmakers Monday morning in the western district of Tennessee, alleges that the federal government has violated the 10th Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states.
The charge that the federal government is not complying with the Refugee Act of 1980, based on the 10th Amendment, makes Tennessee’s lawsuit the first of its kind. Other states have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement but on different legal grounds.
Joining the lawsuit are Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster.
“The Constitution does not allow the Federal Government to force me as the elected representative of the 24th Senate District to implement federal programs while they sit in Washington insulated from the consequences,” Stevens said in a news release.
“The only way we can get back to our constitutional beginnings and the intent birthed by our Founding Fathers is to go and take it back,” Weaver said. “We are looking forward to linking arms with the Thomas More Law Center for the long haul to regain sovereignty for our great state.”
It’s a great time to be a Tennessean.
Perhaps the rest of the nation should join in on the lawsuit.