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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
The Metro Nashville Government approved a $1,825,585 grant for immigration legal services in their session on Tuesday.
The grant utilizes funds from the American Rescue Plan, which was bankrolled with American taxpayer dollars. The near $2 million grant will be split between the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRCC) and the Tennessee Justice for our Neighbors (TJON).
Resolution RS2022-1560 appropriates $1,825,585 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from Fund #30216 to “expand critical immigrant legal services in Davidson County.”
The organizations state that with the awarding of the funds, they will be able to upscale their immigration legal services and provide pro-bono assistance to immigrants in Davidson County so they can have easier access to DACA work permits, green card applications, asylum and immigration relief programs.
The organizations go on to say that the state is obligated to provide representation for criminal proceedings (i.e. public defenders) but there is no current entitlement for immigration proceedings.
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The majority of the Metro City Council supported the measure and the resolution passed with a voice vote with only Ayes. Councilman Colby Sledge (District 17) abstained from the vote.
Prior to Tuesday’s vote, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the resolution with a unanimous vote.
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 Director 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 news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com