U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty along with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee are demanding the White House and U.S. Immigration and Customs
U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty along with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee are demanding the White House and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reverse their plan to release an unspecified number of single adult migrants into Tennessee.
On Monday afternoon, Gov. Lee’s office was notified of the Biden administration’s intent to transport multiple busloads of single adult detainees from ICE facilities in New Orleans into Tennessee, beginning as soon as this week. Federal officials have not shared any further details.
In a joint statement, Governor Lee explained
“We’ve been informed by ICE that they plan to release single adult detainees into Tennessee while they await court proceedings. This is irresponsible and a threat to the safety of Tennesseans. It’s not compassionate to perpetuate a problem that leads to more exploitation and trafficking. We are demanding the Biden administration reverse its plan for detainee relocation. In the meantime, we’re also discussing options with the Tennessee Attorney General and our federal delegation.”