TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 9, 2019

Gov. Bill Lee said Friday he believes the state must follow the law and try to avert tension in immigrant communities, even as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conduct searches for undocumented residents. “I think that the message to all Tennesseans is that we are committed in this state to operating under the law and fulfilling what those laws are,” Lee said following an incident Thursday in Nashville in which ICE agents shot and wounded a Mexican national. The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition said ICE did not have an arrest warrant for the man and is calling for a thorough investigation of the incident. The group also contends that ICE agents are creating “a climate of immense fear that is terrorizing and traumatizing the entire community.” The Daily Memphian has more on the story.