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Pastors ask governor to veto deportation bill

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Pastors gathered outside the Tennessee State Capitol on Tuesday to pray. They are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a mass deportation bill. (WSMV) Pastors gathered outside the Tennessee State Capitol on Tuesday to pray. They are calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a mass deportation bill. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Leaders of Faith from across the state gathered outside the Tennessee State Capitol to pray on Tuesday.

They also have a message for Gov. Bill Haslam.

A letter signed by nearly 200 religious leaders called for Haslam to veto the mass deportation bill.

Passed last month by lawmakers, the bill bans sanctuary city policies.

Critics said those policies require police comply with federal requests to hold suspected undocumented immigrants without warrants of probable cause.

Faith leaders argue the bill is “Not who we are.”

“This is not a political issue, but a moral and spiritual issue,” said Carlos Uroza, pastor at Primera Iglesia Metodista Hispana in Nashville. “It’s not because it is politically correct, but because it is spiritually correct for us to advocate for the migrant and just to welcome everyone who is in our communities.”

The bill passed the House and Senate by wide margins last month and now goes to Haslam for his consideration.

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