NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since 2015 Wade Munday has served as the executive director for Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, an organization that provides legal help for immigrant families and children looking to resettle in Tennessee.
"They have witnessed their family members being murdered, they have been personally recruited to join a gang or die," Munday said.
Immigrants resettling in middle Tennessee is nothing new. In 2015 Munday recalls a surge of unaccompanied minors arriving in the mid state. In a span of two years 4,000 immigrant children made middle Tennessee their new home. "These were children who were fleeing gang violence in Central America," explained Munday. "In 2018 alone there have been 600 unaccompanied minors resettled in middle Tennessee, 200 in Davidson County alone."
His team of immigration attorneys are working with bigger law firms to create pro bono teams that will help asylum seekers, many of whom may now be sitting in detainment centers on our nation's southern border with family members already here in the Volunteer State. "One of the hallmarks of American democracy and what our founding father's believed is that everyone has a right to council, regardless of where they're from," Munday said.
There are local attorneys who are planning on visiting some of the detainment centers in Texas very soon. For more information about Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors visit; https://www.tnjfon.org/.