Bill Haslam on Immigration
College tuition break for in-state undocumented immigrants
The Republicans at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education forum voiced opposition to offering the tuition break at state higher education institutions. "It doesn't seem fair to me that we would offer something in college tuition to an immigrant
that was here illegally that we wouldn't offer to an American citizen from Georgia," businessman Bill Lee said.
The push to make that change has come up just short in the Republican-led General Assembly in recent years. Term-limited Republican Gov.
Bill Haslam has backed the measure, which has wide support in polls.
Former Nashville Democratic Mayor Karl Dean likewise voiced support for the change, and responded directly to Lee's comment about Georgia, drawing a rare round of applause. "They
grew up here. They went to school here. They have families here. They have friends here. And they're different than Georgians because they're Tennesseans," Dean said. "They're part of our community."
Source: U.S. News & World Report on 2018 Tennessee governor debate
, Jan 23, 2018
Suspend placing Syrian refugees in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam says he is asking the federal government to suspend placement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee. In a statement released to the media,
Haslam acknowledges that the federal government has the authority to place refugees but states, "They have said in the past they would be open to cooperating with receiving states."
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis
, Nov 16, 2015
Federal government immigration policy has failed
Tennessee is now paying a price for the failure of
the federal government to effectively secure our nation's borders and enforce our immigration laws.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site, billhaslam.com, "Issues"
, Nov 2, 2010
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