The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
A spokesman for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations division has stated that a non-government organization in Nashville has volunteered to assist with individuals who are scheduled to be transported to Tennessee.
The organization is expected to help with the cost of hotels and then arrangements for moving the illegal immigrants on, in some cases to reunite with family members in the U.S.
It is still unknown how many immigrants will be transported to the state.
In an emailed statement to Main Street Nashville, the ICE spokesman said, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement makes custody determinations daily, on a case-by-case basis, and in accordance with U.S. law and Department of Homeland Security policy, considering the merits and factors of each case while adhering to guidelines, and legal mandates.”
Since President Joe Biden took office, record high numbers of illegal aliens have entered into the United States through the southern border.
In 2019, fewer than 900,000 people were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents. In 2021 that number jumped to 1.6 million. The 2022 fiscal year saw more than 2.2 million people being detained.
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti has said that his office is “exploring all options” to ensure the safety of Tennesseans.
“The lack of appropriate notice and the lack of transparency by both the federal government and its local partners means we must work quickly,” Skrmetti said. “Tennesseans should not be forced to bear the burden of the federal government’s ongoing failure to secure the border.”
Immigrant advocates have said that the plan to bus migrants to Nashville is a more coordinated effort between the federal government and local nonprofits and churches to assist the vetted and released immigrants .
Lisa Sherman Luna, executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, said that she was notified of the plan, along with other groups, a few weeks ago. Sherman Luna said that federal immigration officials planned to pay for buses to transport asylum seekers who wished to travel to Tennessee. Then Nashville nonprofits and churches volunteered to organize temporary beds, flights out of the state, food, as well as other necessary items such as diapers.
According to Lisa Graybill, vice president of Law and Policy for the National Immigration Law Center, the vast majority of the immigrants are asylum seekers, having followed the legal process of presenting themselves at the U.S. border, where they are then assessed and found to have a credible fear of persecution in their home countries.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at email@example.com.