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Metro Council Supports Immigration Reform

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro council members made a strong statement of support for immigration reform by passing a resolution encouraging Congress to move forward with the proposed legislation.

A big crowd of supporters filled council chambers to hear the vote, and cheered after the approval on Tuesday. They said the vote from local leaders sends a message Nashville is a welcoming city, and one that recognizes changes are needed in our nation's immigration policies.

"I think the council is joining the chorus of business, faith and community leaders who say our nation needs immigration reform right now," said Eben Cathey, the Communications Coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

"It means so much for my family and other families who are out there," said supporter Karla Chavez. "It's going to bring a lot of opportunity for a lot of Nashvillians."

Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate at the end of last month will give 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally a path to citizenship. The measure also adds huge increases in border security. The U.S. House of Representatives is discussing the legislation this week.

Council Members also approved a $530,000 settlement for a man for a man who was violently assaulted by an inmate.


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