June 24, 2017

Nashville, Tennessee – Latinos for Tennessee, a statewide organization committed to protecting and promoting faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility, strongly condemns Nashville’s proposed sanctuary city policy. The proposed ordinance BL 2017-739 passed its second reading recently and will come up for a third reading at next month’s Metro Council meeting. If it passes a third reading, it will become law.

The ordinance would prohibit the “use of any funds, resources or facilities” to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and would also prevent Davidson County and Nashville employees, including law enforcement, from providing pertinent information to ICE regarding criminal aliens.

Tommy Vallejos, Chairman of Latinos for Tennessee, issued the following statement in response to Nashville Metro Council’s recent vote:

“Nashville’s decision to create a sanctuary city is an affront to the rule of law and puts the well-being of the entire state at risk by blatantly ignoring federal immigration law. True compassion for our community means upholding the rule of law—one of the central pillars of any free, fair and secure society.”

Vallejos went on to add:

“The Davidson County Sheriff opposes this proposal, and we agree that tying the hands of local law enforcement is not only legally questionable, but it’s dangerous. Just last week in Virginia, Darwin Martinez Torres was arrested for brutally killing a 17-year-old girl. Torres is an illegal immigrant who should not have been in this country at all—he had already been held on local charges that made him removable from the United States.

“Nashville’s Metro Council still has time to prevent this ordinance from being enacted by rejecting the measure when it comes up for a vote.” Vallejos concluded: “Latinos for Tennessee remains committed to supporting our immigrant community in Tennessee, but it will not come at the expense of our country’s laws.”

The third reading for the proposed ordinance is scheduled for July 6.

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