This just in—Tennessee has OFFICIALLY become the first state to sue the federal government over forced refugees, using the 10th Amendment as leverage.
The 10th Amendment states that: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In other words, they’re suing the Federal Government under the argument that they don’t have a right to force immigration on states unless states comply.
According to the Tennessean (a branch of USA Today):
“Tennessee became the first state in the nation on Monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
“The lawsuit, filed on behalf of several state lawmakers Monday morning in the western district of Tennessee, alleges that the federal government has violated the 10th Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states.”
But wait, it gets better. The lawsuit references the Refugee Act of 1980, which officially makes Tennessee’s lawsuit the first of its kind. States have previously sued the government over refugee resettlement, but not on the same level.
The Tennessee lawsuit argues that the federal government has no right to force states’ financial aid for the refugee resettlement programs—the Refugee Act of 1980 was NOT meant to be used this way, according to the Prosecution:
“The lawsuit asks the court to force the federal government to stop resettling refugees in Tennessee until all costs associated with the settlement are incurred by the federal government.”
“‘Plaintiffs will suffer significant and irreparable harm unless this Court intervenes,’ the 15-page lawsuit states.”
“The defendants named in the lawsuit include the U.S. Department of State; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.”
Of course there’s been a backlash, as the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition held a candlelight vigil, but Tennessee’s patriots seem to be overflowing with support. Senator John Stevens, another man who’s joining the lawsuit, has said that:
“The Constitution does not allow the Federal Government to force me as the elected representative of the 24th Senate District to implement federal programs while they sit in Washington insulated from the consequences,”
…and I would argue that he’s right. The Federal Government has been shoving refugees down our throats, and while the wealthy bureaucrats live in their own gated communities, we have to pay the price of higher crime rates and taxes to pay for their welfare.
I personally live in a Refugee city, and I can tell you that the incidence of crime has at least doubled over the past 4 years—it’s ridiculous, because everyone here knows it. It’s just a taboo that nobody can say. We all know it, we’re just afraid to speak out, lest the local civil rights activists try to throw us in jail for hate speech.
It makes me hopeful, seeing that the people of Tennessee are finally starting to take their state back. This is why the founding fathers gave us the separation of federal and state governments—they knew that the federal government may become so powerful one day that it has to be stopped.
And now is that time.