NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would order the state of Tennessee to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program is advancing over concerns by both the governor and refugee rights groups.
The joint resolution passed in the House Subcommittee on State Government Wednesday and moves to a full committee vote. It was overwhelmingly approved in the Senate last month.
Fears about refugee resettlement in Tennessee were heightened after last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has taken issue with the proposal. Haslam has said that there are people who are coming into the country illegally who want to do harm, but he said they aren’t coming in via the refugee program. Some lawmakers, however, say the program still forces Tennessee to spend money on the refugees.
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