Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mayor Cooper Rescinds Flawed Briley Immigratioon Executive Order

Metro Press release, 10/14/2019 - Mayor John Cooper today released the following statement regarding Executive Order No. 11:

“I am rescinding Mayor Briley’s Executive Order No. 11. The order, as written, provides insufficient clarity for either immigrant families as well as Metropolitan Government employees, as many have noted, including immigration advocacy groups.
“I am taking action on Executive Order No. 11 this week because the State of Tennessee has given Metro Government an extension to address this issue by October 18th or risk losing four grants totaling over $1.1 million.

“We will be convening a task force of leaders from across the community and Metro Government to ensure my administration is aware of requests made by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and knows how to respond appropriately. The task force will be responsible for making recommendations for how Metro employees should interact with federal immigration authorities in a manner that: (1) respects the very separate roles of federal, state, and local governments, (2) complies with state and federal law, and (3) protects the safety and well-being of everyone in our immigrant communities.

“Recent activities by ICE in our city – including at a Metro school – demonstrate that neither city agencies nor residents have received sufficient guidance on how to report or respond to requests for assistance from federal agencies like ICE. This task force is intended to address that issue from the ground up, with guidance crafted by this diverse group of Nashville’s leading voices on immigration and local law enforcement policy.

“I have said frequently that I want Nashville to be a city for everyone, and that certainly includes immigrants. Our city benefits greatly from the many contributions of our immigrant neighbors. I am deeply aware that our success as a city depends on everyone both feeling safe to participate and having access to opportunities. To get there, we need to make sure that all Nashvillians feel safe when interacting with our city agencies.

“It is up to the federal government to both make and enforce our immigration laws. It is my job to make sure that our city runs well. Our city agencies have limited resources and cannot be expected to do the work of the federal government.

“The following task force will provide recommendations within the next 60 days:

  • Shanna Hughey, ThinkTN, Founder and President (CHAIR)
  • Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director Conexion Americas
  • Hank Clay, MNPS Chief of Staff
  • Ana Escobar, General Sessions Judge
  • Mike Hagar, MNPD Deputy Chief
  • Daron Hall, Davidson County Sheriff
  • Mary Kathryn Harcombe, TIRRC Legal Director
  • Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III, Former District Attorney General of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
  • Sandra Sepulveda, Metro Councilwoman, District 30 
  • Zulfat Suara, Metro Councilwoman At-Large

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