Tag: Thomas More Law Center

Sponsor of Tennessee Resolution to Sue Feds Over Refugees Says NATO Commander Testimony on ISIS ‘Another Wake-Up Call’

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), sponsor of the resolution calling on Tennessee to sue the federal government over its operation of the refugee resettlement program in the state on Tenth Amendment grounds, issued a statement today calling the recent testimony by NATO commander General Philip Breedlove that “ISIS is spreading like a cancer” among refugees pouring into Europe “another wake-up call.”

Tennessee State Legislators Ready to Rebel Against Federal Government Refugee Resettlement

Several Tennessee state legislators appear ready to rebel against the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program after hearing testimony from Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons that the Obama administration has failed to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980’s statutory requirement to consult with the state prior to the placement of refugees there.

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Why 12 States Hold Key to Constitutional Challenge to Refugee Resettlement Program

The constitutional argument is that the federal government, without the permission of these 12 Wilson-Fish states, has “commandeered” state funds by placing refugees in their states, thereby obligating states to pay Medicaid expenses for the refugees, in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Gov. Bill Haslam meets with lawmakers in Sparta, Tenn., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Not Yet Offering Constitutional Challenge to Syrian Refugee Settlement

Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam is apparently off the list of possible plaintiffs—governors of the 12 “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states where non-profit VOLAGS, not state governments, run the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program—the Thomas More Law Center says it is looking to represent in a constitutional legal challenge to the program.

New Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Common Core

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) announced Monday that it has joined in filing a lawsuit against the governor of North Dakota and other officials that claims the state’s participation in one of the federally funded interstate Common Core test consortia and the implementation of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional and violates federal laws that ban federal control of public schools and curriculum.