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It’s getting testy in Tennessee over states’ rights lawsuit on refugee program

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 24, 2016

Republican State Senator Mark Norris criticizes Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in exchange characterized as the ‘gloves coming off.’

Readers, it is astounding to me, there is so much incredible (and critical) news about the federal Refugee Admissions Program in recent days and weeks and nary a word about it on any mainstream or cable media that I’ve seen.

In fact there will be a big public meeting in Rutland, VT this week and I’m seeing nothing in the media about it!

Back to Tennessee and another report from Breitbart’s star refugee reporter, Michael Patrick Leahy.  For new readers, please go here to read the background of this hot issue involving a Republican governor refusing to go along with his Republican legislature.

Leahy at Breitbart:

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is sharply rebuking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for mischaracterizing the Tennessee General Assembly’s Tenth Amendment lawsuit against the federal government for its operation of the refugee resettlement program to the state’s Attorney General, Herbert Slatery.

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TN Senator Mark Norris, standing up for the Tenth Amendment!

In a letter sent on Monday, Norris, the co-sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 467, which passed both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly by wide margins, took the gloves off against the state’s Republican governor.

“I am troubled by the statement you released on Friday concerning SJR467,and I am uncomfortable with your mischaracterization of this important Resolution,” Norris wrote.

“The federal government must not do indirectly what it cannot lawfully do directly, and the Tennessee General Assembly must have the opportunity to approve, or disapprove, specific expenditures through the appropriation process,”


Norris then blasted Haslam for his poor understanding of the federal statutes and regulations upon which the federal refugee resettlement program is based.

Tennessee’s refugee lawsuit against the federal government “is not about ‘dismantling the Refugee Act’ as you said. It is about enforcing it,” Norris wrote….

There is much more here.

Come on governors of Wilson-Fish states, stand up for your states!!!  Where are you Chris Christie and Sam Brownback?

11 Responses to “It’s getting testy in Tennessee over states’ rights lawsuit on refugee program”

  1. […] is one way out for Kentucky, a Wilson-Fish state just like Tennessee.  Because of how Wilson-Fish states are structured it is the contention of many that it is a 10th […]


  2. bjargjonsson said

    Reblogged this on The Asatruar by Tryggulfr.


  3. IFBH said

    Thank you for writing this highly-informative and educational blog. More Americans need to be aware of this situation.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I continue to find it stunning that there is virtually never anything about this program on the mainstream media. When the Syrian issue burst on the scene last fall, yes, it made the news, but nothing about the diseases, the controversy in states like TN, the fact that the surge in Syrians has begun or Obama giving federal grants for refugee teens to get jobs!


      • IFBH said

        Ann, there is a proper vehicle for Obama and it is called IMPEACHMENT. We are reading your blog and we “get it” here. Keep informing the masses. Once people wake up….change can happen. The coming election will hopefully end most of this insanity via executive order.


  4. kerberos616 said

    Reblogged this on Kerberos616.


  5. Shera Bantu said

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hi I would like to ask how do you sponsor refugee to move to USA?

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


  6. Reblogged this on Rifleman III Journal.


  7. seabrznsun said

    Maybe we need to call our governor Governor Hislam.


  8. conprof said

    Tennessee’s refugee lawsuit against the federal government “is not about ‘dismantling the Refugee Act’ as you said. It is about enforcing it,” Norris wrote….It seem emblematic of our time that so-called leaders in all walks of life feel free to distort, obfuscate and just plain lie with total abandon. I guess that’s what we get for taking God out of the schools. The cream no longer rises to the top, instead, it’s the most manipulating and Machiavellian who rise. I hope making America great again includes pushing those types out of positions of leadership; otherwise, America will keep declining. Good for Senator Norris – telling the truth and fighting the lies of his own Governor.


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