As the state legislature wraps up its business for the year, several immigration-related bills remain parked on the sideline. WPLN’s Joe White says some proposals still have a chance to pass.
Refugee resettlement bill – The full House and Senate have now voted to require any agency that administers the state’s refugee program, which is currently Catholic Charities of Tennessee, to report quarterly to local governments.
SB 1670 from Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, which has seen a huge growth in Samali refugees, is called the Refugee Absorptive Capacity Act.
It’s designed to help local authorities plan for schools and emergency services. But it also requires Catholic Charities to accept an application from a local government for a moratorium on new refugee resettlement if a host community lacks sufficient capacity.
According to legislative staff, last year about 1,800 refugees from 14 different countries were moved to Tennessee, with the same amount predicted this year.
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