Tennessee lawmakers form study committee on immigrant children

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – We told you how federal Republican lawmakers were proposing legislative action on migrant children coming through our area.

Now Tennessee lawmakers are also getting involved.

On Friday, Lt. Governor Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton announced the formation of a Joint Study Committee on Refugee Issues.

Their job will be to investigate refugee resettlement and immigration in Tennessee.

They specifically will investigate the reports of immigrant children coming through the Chattanooga airport in the dead of night.

“When the federal government abdicates its responsibility to control our borders, states must step in. Through ineffectiveness, inattention, and incompetence, the Biden Administration has allowed our borders to be overrun. The Tennessee General Assembly filed suit against the federal government five years ago on refugee settlement. With this study committee, we reaffirm that there is a clear and compelling state interest in a sane immigration policy,” said Lt. Governor McNally.

The committee will include five house members and five senate members.

Rep. Dan Howell from Cleveland will be one of the co-chairs.

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