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Resolution Ordering Refugee Lawsuit Advances

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 17:02:18-04

Legislation that would order the state of Tennessee to sue the federal government over the refugee resettlement program has been advancing over concerns by both the governor and refugee rights groups.

The joint resolution passed in the House Subcommittee on State Government Wednesday and moved to a full committee vote. It was overwhelmingly approved in the Senate in February.

Fears about refugee resettlement in Tennessee were heightened after last year's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Republican Governor Bill Haslam has taken issue with the proposal. Haslam has said that there have been people who are coming into the country illegally who want to do harm, but he said they aren't coming in via the refugee program. Some lawmakers, however, said the program still forces Tennessee to spend money on the refugees.