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More Laws Passed To Curb Illegal Immigration in State

Updated: May 19

State Rep. Joey Hensley MD, R-Hohenwald, represents Giles, Lewis and parts of Maury, Marshall and Williamson counties in the 28th District of the State Legislature.

 

The 113th General Assembly has adjourned for 2024. This is some legislation passed during this session.

Strengthened Sanctuary City Ban / Senate Bill 2576

This year we passed a law to require all law enforcement in Tennessee to notify the appropriate federal authorities if an individual is found in the country illegally.

Under previous state law, notification was authorized but not required.

This legislation builds on action taken in 2018 to ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee, which ensured that no local government can shield illegal immigrants from state and federal immigration laws. (Public Chapter 973, 2018)

This law allows a judge to sentence an illegal immigrant to life without parole if convicted of a violent crime or if a deadly weapon was involved in the offense. It also authorizes the same enhancement for adults convicted of a violent crime on school property.

The arrest of an illegal immigrant and all subsequent convictions must be reported to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The data will be used to help understand the impact of illegal immigration on Tennessee.

Reporting on illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Tennessee / Senate Bill 757 and Senate Bill 2158

Two laws passed this year to increase reporting requirements regarding illegal immigrants.

These reports will be used to understand the fiscal impact of illegal immigration on Tennessee.

Senate Bill 757 would require a local law enforcement agency to verify a detainee’s citizenship.

If not lawfully present, a report must be made to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Senate Bill 2158 requires the District Attorneys General Conference to collect data on the cost to the state as a direct result of known illegal immigrants charged or convicted of a criminal offense and report the findings to the General Assembly and Governor.

Some $383,500 was budgeted to fund this legislation to ensure the DA’s Conference has necessary resources to compile the report.

Sending Tennessee National Guard to the US southern border / Senate Resolution 188

We passed a resolution expressing our support for Gov. Lee’s action to send Tennessee National Guard troops to join efforts with the Texas National Guard and others to help secure the U.S. southern border.

After Gov. Lee visited the border with other governors in early February, he committed to sending two waves of state active-duty soldiers to Texas to assist in their efforts.

Additionally, in this year’s budget, lawmakers approved $6.4 million for military deployment to the border.

Support For Texas In Fight To Secure Southern Border / Senate Joint Resolution 906

 We passed a resolution expressing strong support for Texas’s efforts to secure the southern border and exercise their right to self-defense under Article I of the US Constitution.

Additionally, Gov. Lee committed to deploying two additional waves of Tennessee National Guard troops to support Texas’ ongoing efforts to improve border security.

The federal government has created a crisis at the United States’ southern border as illegal immigrants are flowing into the country at record levels allowing drug cartels and terrorists to enter undetected.

Texas has declared the crisis an invasion and is pushing back to defend its state, while the federal government attempts to block Texas.

Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights

Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act / Senate Bill 2223

This new law protects financial transaction data associated with firearm and ammunition purchases from being used to conduct mass surveillance of law-abiding Tennesseans.

It prohibits financial institutions from requiring the use of a specific merchant category code (MCC) to identify transactions that occur at firearms retailers in the state.

These financial institutes include banks and credit card companies.

Alleged violations of the law will be investigated by the Attorney General’s Office and could result in a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

Protecting Right To Bear Arms / Senate Joint Resolution 904

This year, we passed a measure aimed at amending the state constitution to strengthen the right to bear arms.

The resolution proposes to replace the previous constitutional provision that authorizes the legislature to “regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime” and instead state that “citizens have a right to keep, bear and wear arms.”

This measure protects citizens’ right to bear arms in the Tennessee Constitution and limits the legislature’s ability to pass restrictive gun laws.

Tennessee Gun Laws / House Joint Resolution 131

We passed a resolution that establishes that within the borders of Tennessee, only Tennessee’s gun laws can apply in court.

This ensures other states cannot enforce their gun laws in Tennessee.

It makes clear that if a Tennessee gun manufacturer had a weapon used in the commission of a crime in another state, then it is the policy of Tennessee that only Tennessee’s gun laws can apply to Tennessee citizens and companies.

Sen. Hensley may be contacted at 425 Rep. John Lewis Way N., Suite 742, Nashville, TN . 37243, or at 615-741-3100, or toll free at 1-800-449-8366 extension 13100, or fax 615-253-0231.

His district address is 855 Summertown Highway, Hohenwald, TN., 38462, or telephone 931-796-2018, or call his cell phone at 931-212-8823, or e-mail: sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov

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