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Haslam Takes Issue With Refugee Bill

Posted at 7:59 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 20:59:26-05

Gov. Bill Haslam has taken issue with a move by fellow Republicans in the Legislature to order the state attorney to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee.
  
The governor told reporters on Tuesday that he just returned from a National Governors Association meeting in Washington where refugee settlement was a major topic of discussion.
  
Haslam said that processing can take between 18 months and three years, and that people trying to do harm to Americans aren't coming into the country under that process.
  
Under the resolution passed by the Senate on a 27-5 vote on Monday, the Legislature would hire an outside attorney if the attorney general declined to file the lawsuit. Haslam said that move wouldn't set "a really good trend" for state government.