Conservative Tennesseans Want State Action On Illegal Immigration

The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Over the weekend, The Tennessee Conservative conducted a poll regarding Illegal Immigration issues in Tennessee with the intent of helping Republican members of the Joint Study Committee on Refugee Issues make decisions on legislation and policy to keep Tennessee’s borders more secure. 

The data collected from the survey highlights the viewpoints of Conservatives in Tennessee and was sent to all the members of the committee for review prior to their final meeting yesterday, November 15th, 2021.

Representative Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) was slated to present the survey results during the committee meeting but, unfortunately, was not in attendance due to Covid illness.  Luckily, Representative Chris Todd (R-Madison County) volunteered in his stead and read the results into the record during the meeting.

Representative Chris Todd – source:

Todd stated that an average of 97% responded “no” to a series of 7 questions on whether Tennessee should receive or aid illegal immigrants at taxpayers expense for housing, education or jobs.

The Tennessee Conservative collected 2,322 responses. Typically, only roughly 1,000 responses are needed to get a +/- 3% variance in a statewide-poll.

However, even if the dissenting opinions were TRIPLED to account for that, the survey results show that the electorate wants action on the issue of illegal immigration.

*Note that the sampling will lean more conservative and that Tennessee Conservative subscribers are not low-information residents.

View the poll results HERE or below.  Note: Poll reflects responses as of the morning of November 15th, 2021.

Brandon Lewis, founder of The Tennessee Conservative, notes that if the Committee acts on the will of voters in Tennessee, it will put them in direct conflict with the wishes of large corporations, NFIB and the Chamber of Commerce.

However, Lewis states, “This is why members are elected to represent geographic districts instead of special interests.”

When we posted our survey on social media, Tennessee Conservatives let their opinions be know, here are just a few of the comments:

Jeff Vandiver said, “Have no problems with anyone who is not wanting to destroy our country to become a legal citizen the correct way. Do not support illegal aliens. Do it the right way!!”

“KEEP THEM OUT. GET THEM OUT. My vote goes to whoever says he will pack the illegals up and get them out of this country.  NO AMNESTY!,” Gigi Blaxter said.

Dorothy Estabrook stated, “I am sick of (Governor) Lee rolling out the welcome mat at our expense.”

The Study Committee on Refugee Issues includes the following Senators and Representatives: 

Senate Members – 

SENATOR DAWN WHITE (CHAIR) – (R) – (615) 741-6853 – 

SENATOR RICHARD BRIGGS – (R) – (615) 741-1766 – 

SENATOR TODD GARDENHIRE – (R) – (615) 741-6682 – 

SENATOR ED JACKSON – (R) – (615) 741-1810 – 

SENATOR BO WATSON – (R) – (615) 741-3227 – 

House Members – 

REPRESENTATIVE DAN HOWELL (CHAIR) – (R) – (615) 741-7799 – 


REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE GRIFFEY – (R) – (615) 741-6804 – 

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TODD – (R) – (615) 741-7475 – 

REPRESENTATIVE RYAN WILLIAMS – (R) – (615) 741-1875 – 


About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at

5 thoughts on “Conservative Tennesseans Want State Action On Illegal Immigration

  • November 17, 2021 at 3:37 am

    It just amazes me that we have corrupt media, corrupt senators, corrupt House reps, corrupt White House that again and again do things that at-best are against the public will and at worst, illegal. And what do Republicans do about it? NOTHING. When the dems had complete control, they “investigated” everything! What fruit came from the time when pubs had control? NOTHING! How is it that the dems are now going after those that didn’t testify in front of the fake/lopsided January 6th “committee”? Yet, look at Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler. SCOTT FREE, after their proven fake Russia Collusion and FISA warrant fiasco!

    Democrats get away with anything they want to only because republicans LET THEM! Pubs, don’t even think about asking for campaign contributions. You have done NOTHING to earn them! Next election, we need NEW Republican candidates, not the samo-samo talk-is-cheap incumbents!

  • November 17, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I have issues with the Legislature and My Representatives be it House or Senate. I gave Dan Howell (R Bradley County) and Idea that would allow the State to Fine heavily any carrier that delivered and Illegal Alien across our State line–like $10K for each offence. He nodded and said “Sounds Workable I will have to take it up with the Committee. I am sure others have had ideas that have fallen on Deaf Ears. We have allowed RINOism to permeate the State offices–time for a change. The Constituency have spoken–you better listen!!

  • November 19, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I just read the comments here. I am trying to figure out what covid has to do with this issue, What does talking about January 6 has to do with this issue, Crooked people in WA. has nothing to do with the story in here. Is it just me or am I missing something? The topic is Illegals.

    • November 29, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      TN citizenary is fed up and DONE with those with elected NOT representing us as we elected them to. No one wants illegal aliens in our state period. Our system is already over taxed from medical services, schooling, and other services. Then covid19 comes along and effects all of our lives and forced mask/mandates…etc… so people are venting and it is better they vent in a comment section and get it off their chest. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights is set up to how one is immigrate into America. It is NOT to come and sponge off our tax $$ which is what has happened with this houseplant sitting in WH (if he’s there at all and not on fake set). If others want to come here to America there is a LEGAL way to do it period. I don’t claim all the answers but what I do know is the system does work when the LAWS on immigration are followed and I don’t mean the pass around/loop holes those in Washington have created. Those awake and watching closely know snakeobama is called the shots and getting his instructions from his handlers. If, some one doesn’t believe Biden is just playing a role go watch this and I’ll leave it at this point.


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