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Tennessee: A Red State Keeps Door Open to Refugees

Governor Lee Offers Hope in the Bleak Anti-Immigrant Trump Desert Yesterday, Tennessee’s Republican governor Bill Lee announced that he would keep the state’s doors open to refugees, another powerful example of states and localities standing up for a different vision that the Trump/Stephen Miller effort to slam the door in the face of refugees. Calling … Continue reading »

Senator Alexander Should Stand with Constitution, Vote to Reject Trump’s Unconstitutional Emergency Declaration Power Grab

Tennessee – The Senate is poised to join the House and vote for the resolution blocking President Trump’s unconstitutional and unpopular emergency declaration. With leading conservative voices and constitutional scholars joining the majority of both chambers in opposing Trump’s power grab, Senator Lamar Alexander should declare whether he intends to stand with President Trump’s fake … Continue reading »

After Last Week’s Violence, Hateful Ads Against Migrant Caravan Need to Come Down

Republicans, led by Trump, have been working to make the caravan of migrants seeking asylum a top political story, believing it will rally their base. Over the weekend, that story was entwined with the horrific massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The alleged shooter had been ranting about the caravan. From CNN: In one post, … Continue reading »

Tennessee Primary: Yup, Republicans Are Attacking Immigrants Again

Today, primary races in Tennessee voters will choose candidates for Governor, Senate, and several House races — and following the Trump/GOP 2018 script of divide and distract, attacks on immigrants were a central component. On the Republican side, the main immigration decision for candidates this year seemed to be how vigorously to attack immigrants. We … Continue reading »

Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Stephanie Teatro of TIRRC

The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Stephanie Teatro, the co-director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). Listen below or tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. This week, a federal judge handed down another ruling against the Trump Administration on … Continue reading »

Axios: Senate Seats in AZ, NV, and TN– Currently Held by Republicans – at Risk, and “DACA is the Biggest Warning Sign for Republicans”

A new poll released today by Beltway outlet Axios finds that Republican-held Senate seats in Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee may be at risk of flipping. The Democratic candidates in each of three states are currently leading or in statistical ties with Republican counterparts. Alexi McCammond of Axios analyzes the exclusive poll: “DACA is the biggest warning sign … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “ICE raided a meatpacking plant. More than 500 kids missed school the next day”

Life in the Trump era is especially difficult for immigrant families. CNN’s Catherine Shoichet explores the ripple effects of ICE’s deportation strategy following last week’s workplace raid in Tennessee. After Trump’s agents arrested nearly 100 people, over 500 students missed school the next day.    The piece is excerpted below and available online here. Kids who are supposed … Continue reading »

Today’s Biggest DACA News is from Nashville

State AG Sees the Light, Quits Team Paxton; Calls On Tennessee Senators to Enact the DREAM Act After a day of fevered speculation about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the White House today delayed any decision about the future of this popular and successful program until next Tuesday, September 5. … Continue reading »

Tennessee Dreamers Rally for DACA Outside Mike Pence Dinner

In Tennessee this week, 200 Dreamers and advocates rallied outside a Mike Pence fundraiser with state Republicans, calling on the officials to protect Dreamers from deportation and save DACA. Tennessee, via its Attorney General Herbert Slatery, is one of the ten states threatening to sue the Trump Administration unless it ends DACA within the next … Continue reading »

DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Tennessee and America

Nashville, TN – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 8,300 in Tennessee. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in … Continue reading »