The Sanctuary Cities bill passed by the Tennessee General Assembly last month is sitting on Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk awaiting his decision on its status.
Haslam has three options, he can sign it into law, veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature.
State lawmakers easily passed the bill in April as the session came to an end. The bill passed in the house by a 63-23 vote and the Senate 27-5, so the governor might face a veto override if he decides to veto the bill.
The bill, for the most part, is opposed by most law enforcement agencies in the state because it would mandate that local law enforcement comply with ICE, to hold immigrants for purposes of deportation. Law enforcement officials said that would place additional burdens on them.
Nashville is home to the state’s largest foreign-born and immigrant populations.
Last week Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson sent a letter to Haslam saying, “In the best interest of the citizens of this state, the so-called Sanctuary Cities bill as presently written, not become law.”
Other key components of the bill would prevent any local government from receiving state economic and community grants if a sanctuary police was enacted. Currently there are no sanctuary cities in Tennessee.
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