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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Nashville Attorney: Metro Council Immigration Ordinance is Not Enforceable

June 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement in response to the findings of Metro’s legal director that legislation proposed in the Nashville City Council restricting the local sheriff from cooperating with federal law authorities is not enforceable:

“Nashville’s own attorney says that the Metro Council cannot legally bar Sheriff Daron Hall from cooperating with federal law officers to protect the community from dangerous criminal illegal immigrants. Nashville legislators’ attempts to aid illegal immigrants at the expense of Tennessee families is a violation of the City’s duty to follow federal law,” said Congressman Black. “As the U.S. House of Representatives votes on Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act this week, I suggest that all local governments redouble their efforts to comply with federal immigration laws and secure their communities. Too many families have already suffered at the hands of criminal illegal immigrants, many of whom have been released time and again despite committing serious crimes. Enough is enough.”

See Congressman Black’s earlier statement regarding the Metro Council’s vote to pass two bills obstructing federal immigration law here.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

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