House Passes Bill Prohibiting Immigrant Sanctuary Cities

Friday, June 5, 2009

A bill that aims to curb illegal immigration by prohibiting local governments from enacting “sanctuary” ordinances, or policies that make it difficult for law enforcement and other local government employees to comply with federal immigration law, was approved in the state House on Friday morning.

Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) said, “I am very pleased to see that my colleagues in the House agree that something must be done on the state level to combat illegal immigration.

“I made a promise to the voters that I would work on illegal immigration legislation, and I have worked hard on this bill.

It’s a solid piece of legislation, and I believe that my colleagues saw that today as it passed the House overwhelmingly.”

A “sanctuary city” is a term given to a city in the United States that follows certain practices to protect illegal aliens. Thirty-eight cities in the U.S. have been recognized as sanctuary cities, but many sources have identified over 200 city or county governments nationwide as having practiced such policies.

“Rep. Carr did an excellent job guiding this legislation through a sometimes hostile committee system, and he kept fighting because he knew it was right,” said House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower. “House Republicans have fought for passage of this bill for many years, and we are pleased to see that Rep. Carr didn’t give up on it.”

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada said, “We have worked on this legislation for several years now, and we are very appreciative that Rep. Carr refused to let it die. This legislation is a pre-emptive strike to guard against the adoptions of sanctuary policies by cities in the state, and I believe it will do a great deal to curb illegal immigration in some of our communities.”


County Commission Denies County School Request To Keep Lower-Paid Workers On Same State Pension Plan

The County Commission on Wednesday denied a request by the county schools to keep lower-paid school workers on the same state pension plan. Only Commissioners Warren Mackey and Greg Beck supported the school request. County employees and county school teachers have moved to a hybrid plan that is less costly for government. It applies only to newly hired employees. Christie ... (click for more)

County Commission Gets New Leadership As Bankston, Fairbanks Win 5-4 Votes

The County Commission has new leadership as Chester Bankston and Randy Fairbanks won 5-4 votes on Wednesday. Commissioner Bankston, who is from Ooltewah, defeated incumbent Chairman Jim Fields. Commissioner Fairbanks, of Soddy Daisy, won over Commissioner Joe Graham. The Bankston/Fairbanks team had the support of Tim Boyd, Marty Haynes and Sabrena Smedley. Greg Beck ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Is Right On The Muslim Threat - And Response (2)

Sheriff Hammond is exactly correct on the Muslims in Tennessee.  He sees with clear eyes the problem with the Muslims in our state and country.  They do want to take over Tennessee.  Our politicians are selling us down the river and allowing the trouble makers to dig in like tics and suck out the life's blood of our Constitution and take us over.  They ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Barners Trounce Who?

There is a website known as Grammarly that just completed a profound study. An automated proof-reading company (who I hope never finds out about me) collected 100 comments that each included over 50 words from the comment blogs of the nation’s preseason Top 25 college football teams. Then they fed them into the company’s huge algorithm computer and checked each fan base for punctuation, ... (click for more)

Pugh, Smith Lead Sale Creek Past East Ridge, 3-0

If Sale Creek’s Bailey Pugh and Ariana Smith were a comedy act, Pugh would be Ed McMahan and Smith would play Johnny Carson. On the court, Pugh sets up Smith, who finishes things with killer punch lines. That was certainly the case Tuesday at East Ridge High School where the visiting Lady Panthers rolled over the Lady Pioneers, 3-0, with game scores of 25-16, 25-8 and ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Earn First Wins In Prep Cross Country Tuesday

There were a couple of first-time winners on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Jordan as the Chattanooga Cross Country League had its first official meet of the season. It was plenty hot and the humidity was relentless, so race officials decided to shorten the first race from the customary 5K distance to a two-mile test. The heat didn’t seem to bother the overall winners as Signal ... (click for more)