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Game On: Tennessee to Sue Feds Over Unconstitutional Refugee Resettlement


Why would Tennessee bother to sue the Federal Government, when it is a matter for the States to decide under the Tenth Amendment? If Tennessee thinks the Feds are overstepping their authority, they merely need to nullify any action they deem unlawful. It was the States that created the Federal Government, not the other way around. The States have the authority to nullify anything they consider in violation of the Compact (US Constitution) that created the Federal Government. Visit the Tenth Amendment Center for more information on the Tenth Amendment and Nullification.  – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

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by Michael Patrick Leahy

NASHVILLE, Tennessee–On Tuesday, the Tennessee General Assembly declared it will sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds. The State Senate passed a resolution authorizing that lawsuit in a 29 to 4 vote one day after it passed the Tennessee House by a 69 to 25 margin.

“Today we struck a blow for Liberty by finally adopting SJR467,” State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the co-sponsor of the resolution who shepherded it through the State Senate, tells Breitbart News.

“The General Assembly clearly understands the importance of public safety and state sovereignty as demonstrated by the overwhelming support of this Resolution for which we are thankful. The Syrian surge heightens our sense of urgency to get this properly before the courts, and we urge the Attorney General to act without delay,” Norris adds.

Tennessee, which withdrew from the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in 2008, will now become the first state to sue the federal government over its operation of the program within the borders of its state on Tenth Amendment grounds. Alabama and Texas are currently suing the federal government over the refugee resettlement program on the narrower grounds that it has failed to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980.

“As a state legislator, it is my duty to fulfill my oath and to exercise Constitutional authority,” House sponsor State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) tells Breitbart News.

“I take it seriously to do all I can to protect the sovereignty of our great state. Either we abide by the Tenth Amendment or we ignore it,” she adds.

“It’s time for states to say no more federal overreach and [I] really believe that the federal government was created by the states and not the other way around,” Weaver says.

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  1. Re: Clue in the two letter word…
    Great piece Elias! I wondered what your thoughts would be on inserting Global Government as #1 ahead of Federal in the hierarchy of the Progressive mind? Also, was the “Purest sovereignty…” quote your original? I like it…a lot!

  2. I hope their lawsuit also brings into play Article I, Sections 8 & 9, Article IV, Section 4, and Article VI. If they try to do it only using the 10th Amendment, they will be missing key Constitutional facts.

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