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.