Tennessee reasserting its rights under the Tenth Amendment, establishes committee, first order of business Refugee Resettlement

Nashville: Legislative Plaza where citizens will reassert their State’s rights on Wednesday, August 21st.  Tennessee patriots need you there!

Update August 22nd:  Here is the first report I’m seeing about yesterdays meeting.  More later I hope.  Here is The Tennessean story.  More later!

Update August 20th:  Open borders gang plans to be there in force, here. Also, apologies—I had said in my earlier version of this post that the big meeting is Thursday, that’s wrong it is Wednesday (tomorrow!).

Tennessee is likely the first state in the Nation to set up a model plan for regaining its State’s rights.

Surely some other states are doing their best to begin to wrest control from an over-reaching federal government, but none are coming out of the chute attempting to get under control the federal Refugee Resettlement Program where the US State Department and non-governmental contractors have foisted on the states the cost of caring for destitute people from the third world.

When the framers crafted the 10th Amendment, they surely never dreamed Washington would encroach on the states to the extent it has.

Here is what the 10th Amendment says:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

And surely, the framers could never have imagined a Federal Refugee program placing a financial and social burden on the citizens of certain states.

History will be made on Wednesday, August 21st in Nashville, TN

Below is an action alert from the Tennessee Eagle Forum which I’m posting in its entirety (emphasis is mine).

First for background on the new legislative committee:

Legislators and their constituents have long expressed concerns about the interactions and affects of  federal actions on the manner in which our state government operates, or which could have a potential impact on the rights and privileges of the citizens of Tennessee.

Many had been wrestling  for some time with the best way to address this very important issue of providing  an established venue to examine these actions.

Rep. Judd Matheny (who came up with idea) and Sen. Mike Bell, Chairmen of the respective Senate and House Government Operations Committees went to the respective speakers seeking their support  to establish a subcommittee of the Joint Government Operations Committee that would be authorized to review both introduced and enacted federal legislation, rules and regulations and executive orders, then report any relevant findings to the speakers, members of the General Assembly and Congressional delegation. Then decisions could be made about what actions might be appropriate moving forward.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell agreed to this plan and the subcommittee was established.  As far as we know, Tennessee is the first state to provide this kind of venue for the review of federal actions.  We can only hope that other states will follow our lead!  You can read the letter of authorization HERE.

Members of this committee are:
Rep. Judd Matheny, Chairman, Rep. John Ragan, Rep. Joe Carr, Rep. Josh Evans, Rep. Mike Turner, Sen. Mike Bell, Sen. Janice Bowling, Sen. Ferrell Haile, Sen. Thelma Harper, Sen. Jim Summerville.

This joint committee will hold their FIRST meeting on August 21st, at 9:00 am in Room 16 at Legislative Plaza.  It is VITAL that we demonstrate support for the important work of this committee by filling the room with folks that support the 10th Amendment.  The first issue that the committee will take up is the FEDERAL COST SHIFTING OF THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM. Please make your plans to attend!!

Refugee Resettlement has been a hot-button issue and glaring example of where Tennesseans believe the federal government has gone too far. 

The Tennessee Eagle Forum alert continues:

At what level of taxpayer support for an entity do we stop calling that entity a “non-government organization” or a “religious nonprofit”?

Revenue in 2011 for Migration and Refugee Services, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) refugee contracting arm, was more than $72 million, about 98 percent of which came from the taxpayer in the form of government grants or federal contracts. Would it surprise anyone to find it subject to the same incentives and laws of behavior that have driven federal contractors since the birth of the republic?

USCCB’s main source of contracts and grants comes from refugee resettlement. The U.S. resettles nearly three times the refugees as the rest of the industrialized world combined, and the USCCB wants that number increased.

According to a recent report from the Washington think tank Migration Policy Institute (MPI), publicly funded private resettlement agencies, USCBB being the largest of nine, “meet with state and local agencies on a quarterly basis regarding the opportunities and services available to refugees in local communities and the ability of these communities to accommodate new arrivals. They also consult with the state refugee coordinator on placement plans for each local site. … If a state opposes the plan, the State Department will not approve it.”   [LOL! In theory!—ed}

A July 2012 GAO report was a little more real world than the MPI report stating that “Most resettlement agencies … consult with some public entities such as state refugee coordinators; however, most public entities such as public schools and health departments generally said that agencies notified them of the number of refugees expected to arrive in the coming year, but did not consult them regarding the number of refugees they could serve…”

Both reports assume a state government role in the resettlement process. The state refugee coordinator evaluates the plans of the private contractors, representing the interests of the taxpayer in the process. That’s the way it is supposed to work, in theory.

In Tennessee, however, the state refugee coordinator is an employee of Catholic Charities, an affiliate of USCCB. Resettlement of the U.N.-selected refugees is Tennessee Catholic Charities’ largest mission and largest revenue item by far.

In 2008, Gov. Phil Bredesen thought he was streamlining the process and saving money by outsourcing the state coordinator function to the contractor. Instead, he gave up the opportunity for the state to have any input in a process that affects the state and set up a textbook illustration of a conflict of interest.

The annual cost of the program to Tennesseans went up immediately after the state handed over the position of state refugee coordinator. Today, Metro Nashville alone resettles more refugees than each of 29 states in the U.S.

Read on!  This is the op-ed published by Don Barnett in The Tennessean ten days ago.

If you are anywhere near Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, please give your support to the work of the citizen activists and attend this important and history-making event!

For more information on Tennessee, and Nashville specifically, please see our “Nashville” category.  And, be sure to visit this post from this past February about how the contractors, the US State Department, and the religious Left are busy turning ‘red’ states ‘blue’ by changing the demographic make-up of its citizens.

14 thoughts on “Tennessee reasserting its rights under the Tenth Amendment, establishes committee, first order of business Refugee Resettlement

  1. I think it should be state, county and city to be subject to who is allowed to enter the area as a refugee. Once the refugee is established in an area, they have the right to leave that area and move to any place in the U.S.A. Many of these people are sick and the government doesn’t know if they are getting medical treatment for TB, AIDS, HIV AND other medical issues we have not had in the U.S.A in years. These people are hired in packing plants!
    The thousand of refugees settle in the San Diego has been a burden on the whole county and city. WATER IS A BIG CONCERN. Our government in CA has cut the water to the farmers in Imperial County and selling the water to San Diego. another issue is how much money has China invested in Mexico farms. we are flooded with Mexican produce, low wages in Mexico, and this is putting our farmers out of business. Do we want China to own our food supply.
    We don’t need more refugees, we need to get jobs for the Welfare and Citizens of our country.
    Refugees and illegals are a big cost to our state and federal government with Welfare and food stamps. Lots of fraud in both.
    Refugees and illegals cause a big problem in schools, police, fraud, gangs, water, food. laws and religion. Our country and state can’t support these people when there is no jobs for the Citizens.



    “In 2008, Gov. Phil Bredesen thought he was streamlining the process and saving money by outsourcing the state coordinator function to the contractor. Instead, he gave up the opportunity for the state to have any input in a process that affects the state and set up a textbook illustration of a conflict of interest.


    We are supposed to COLLECTIVELY IGNORE THAT…

    1. BREDESEN IS A DEMOCRAT and on June 4, 2008, Governor Bredesen endorsed Barack Obama for president.


    2. Following the “withdraw” of then, Senator Tom Daschle as nominee for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, Bredesen was touted as a possible replacement for Daschele; eventually NANCY SEBELIUS got the job.



    1. What is “fake posturing”? When refugees go into welfare programs it costs the state taxpayer money as with any federal mandate not accompanied by federal dollars. I presume it is federal mandates, particularly federal unfunded mandates, that are the subject of this legislative initiative in Tenn. Nothing fake about these concerns.


      1. The concerns are well intentioned, but in REALITY, they have to be funded, SOMEHOW.

        The Federal Govt/Executive Branch and Congress control the purse strings of these mandated programs, ultimately. States ALONE can’t fund them.

        The repercussions of these and ANY OTHER STATE PROGRAMS, in going AGAINST the will of the Federal Government/Executive Branch, ON OTHER PROGRAMS, is a threat that is always present.

        These politicians, in the end, are naive to be irresponsibly “good”, and they, BUT MORESO the citizens/tax payers “get it” in the End, through other tax payer supported, programs.

        Basically they are held hostage by the Federal Govt/ Executive Branch, in this regard.

        Just look at what happened to Michelle Bachmann’s district, and how The Regime, legally, flooded her district with Somali’s…and NOW she is not running again for re-election. In addition to the Somali Invasion she is presently being harassed with, so called “ethics violations”. When a Regime like this, wants to get some one, they make sure they are over Dead !

        Her Conservative Voice is stilled and the people of this Country, are affected…and it’s The Nation that loses, not just one State.


  3. Now, if the individual appointed to represent Tennessee’s interests is not an Obama/Soros plant then this may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. What a nice way to set the promising stage for Mark Levin”s plan of action as outlined this week in The Liberty Amendments.

    The time to end the illegal domination of our country by hand-picked leftist radicals working in concert with their leftist “picker” is yesterday. We have worked ourselves into this corner and it is we who must join hands to end the criminality that our gullibility allowed.

    The current “clown-in-chief” is as two-faced as they get, and not funny at all.

    Thumbs up to the Volunteer state for starting the move to turn back the Washington circus and re-establish some proper order of concern for the American people over the implants brought here to aid in our demise.

    We can deal with them, fairly, when we get our home/house back in order.


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