Metro Council resolution urges immigration reform passage

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:37am

A group of Metro Council members have signed on to a resolution urging the United States Congress to enact “comprehensive immigration reform.”

The council will vote on the memorializing resolution Tuesday night. Primary sponsors Steve Glover and Fabian Bedne are joined by 12 other council members who have put their names on the resolution that says “the current immigration policies of the U.S. government do not reflect our fundamental values as Tennesseans and Americans.”

The U.S. Senate last week passed an immigration bill that includes, among other things, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the country. However, House Republicans — including members of Tennessee’s delegation — have said the bill is “dead on arrival” in their chamber, and that they plan to craft their own legislation.

The council resolution calls on Congress to “make meaningful and substantive reform to our immigration policies in 2013” and says that “Nashville and Davidson County will benefit from changes to our immigration policies that allow all new Tennesseans to fully participate and contribute to our communities.”

With the council’s approval, a copy of the resolution will be sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Representatives Jim Cooper and Marsha Blackburn, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Bob Corker.

The rest of the council’s agenda can be read here.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 7/2/13 at 11:54

That should get the job done. Of course, the Council will get thank you letters from
Senators Corker and Alexander-two of the Senate's finest supporters of the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce.

By: kevin47881 on 7/2/13 at 12:16

What part of illegal is misunderstood? Metro needs to enact a simple law that states the second time an employer is found to have an illegal alien working for them their business license is revoked. Problem solved.

By: joe41 on 7/2/13 at 3:17

Our two Senators voted for the Immigration bille. It is the Tea Party in the House that is against anything to get this country moving forward. Metro doesn't need to enact any new legislation. The law Kevin refers to is already on the books. Problem is that people skirt the system. We don't have enough policemen to check every worker. We depend upon honest people. And many of our businesses are not honest.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/3/13 at 6:14

joe, businesses also get around the law by hiring people as "independent contractors" instead of employees. That was the loophole businesses found after Reagan's amnesty bill.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 7/3/13 at 9:36

Is it any surprise to find out that the Metro Council hates Americans too? Not to me.

By: sg1friz on 7/4/13 at 12:52

This will be great, I have never seen a country commit suicide by inviting the very people who hate it to come over and breed more hate. now we can be like Israel, and bomb each other because we have different religious views. this will be fun.

By: sg1friz on 7/4/13 at 12:52

If you cannot beat your enemy out, breed them out!