What Can Be Done About Illegal Immigration In TN: Griffey Op-Ed

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By Representative Bruce Griffey (R – Paris, TN) –

I believe the vast majority (if not every Tennessean minus the crazies) expects and demands that our laws are obeyed by everyone equally.  That includes our immigration laws and the legal process to be able to come to the US and work here.  

Ignoring the law or letting some people get away with breaking the law undermines the very fundamental fabric that this Country was founded upon – Equal Justice for All.  If we don’t follow and apply the law equally to everyone, it will have disastrous consequences. 

I submit we are already seeing signs of frustration when certain people get away with clear violations of our law because they either wrap themselves in social justice issues or belong to a certain political party currently in control that refuses to apply the law equally to persons in their political party.  

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Every American has seen FBI Officials at the very top become corrupt and violate the very law they are sworn to uphold and play politics to get rid of the Greatest President in our lifetime, President Donald J. Trump.  

It disgusts me to this day how he was treated.  President Trump will be reelected and I hope he completely cleans house of all the Democrat partisan hacks in D.C. in the government agencies.  

We’d all be a lot better off if we moved the seat of our government out of D.C. and into a state like Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, or Florida and there are others.  It’s a disgusting swamp in D.C.  I know most Americans are fed up.

The current situation at our Southern border and the number of illegal and legal “refugees” being brought into the US clearly demonstrates this is not some crisis or surprise no one expected!  This is a planned and orchestrated invasion of the US by illegals by the Democrats! 

They are doing this because they have calculated the illegals today will be future democrat voters in the future. 

Joe Biden and his band of corrupt cronies are currently knowingly violating US Immigration law.   In fact, a federal judge, federal court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have all told Biden and Harris they cannot let illegals go into the US and must follow the “remain in Mexico” program President Trump stated.   

To this date, they are completely ignoring a lawful legal order from the judicial branch.  All this is also a part of an unholy alliance with the corporate globalists (the mega corporations) that want cheap labor in the US, i.e. the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  That organization should be labeled as UNAMERICAN!

Every American should contact their congressman’s office and both Senators and politely explain that if they vote for “amnesty” to allow any person that came here illegally to vote, obtain citizenship, or legally work in the US, that they will never vote or support them again, and they will campaign against them and will vote in a primary candidate against them because they are no longer serving the interests of the American people. 

It’s time to expose the RINOS!!!  NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS!  NOT NOW!  NOT EVER!  No one should ever be rewarded for violating our immigration laws.  It is a slap in the face to all those that obeyed the law,  immigrated here legally and stood in line and paid thousands of dollars! 

Tennessee also needs to pass my E-Verify Bill that requires every employer to screen their employees to make sure they are not here illegally.  Who in the world as a GOP State Legislator would vote against such a common sense bill?   Well, yes, we have some that did.  My bill failed in the House Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee on 03/10/2021.  Here’s that committee…House Commerce – TN General Assembly

We should also pass a law that directly challenges the decision in Plyler v. Doe, a 5-4 decision, where the court held states do not have a say over whether to spend state tax dollars on illegals children in our public schools.  Chief Justice Burger in his dissent stated, “if ever a court was guilty of an unabashedly result-oriented approach, this case is a prime example.” 

I believe it is completely Constitutional for citizens of a State to have the ability to say we are going to spend tax dollars for our schools for children here legally.  To do otherwise is to reward parents who bring their children here illegally and then get a free education on the backs of US taxpayers!  

The Constitution does not require us to treat persons here illegally the same as someone here legally.  Never did until 5 liberal democratic appointed justices on the Supreme Court said so.  

A majority of Americans and Tennesseans may feel we should educate children here illegally.  If that’s the case, so be it.  But that should be a policy considered for each state legislature!  Not, nine “UN-elected” attorneys in black robes in Washington, D.C. They should not make that decision for every citizen in the US or every legal citizen of a State.  It is a legitimate policy decision for elected policy makers.  Don’t take my word for it, read Chief Justice Burger’s dissent.  Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 at 242 (1981).

We should strengthen our laws and penalize employers that hire illegal immigrants.  We should create a presumption of a substantial “risk of flight” for any illegal alien charged with a crime in Tennessee and seeking to be released on bond.  

We should enhance state law and penalties that make it an offense to commit identity theft or use false documents in employment contracts.  We should require mandatory cooperation between state and local law enforcement with federal ICE officials.  

There’s lots we can do.  It takes political leadership and courage.  I have been trying for 3 years now.  Ask your elected official if they are going to support these policy positions I have outlined here.  Hold your official accountable.

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I submit our Governor could issue emergency orders to temporarily restrict and ban any licensed business operator in Tennessee from transporting or providing relocation assistance to any illegal aliens or legal refugees due to safety concerns because the federal government is not vetting these refugees for “Covid” or being a danger to our communities.  

I submit neither the federal government nor these ‘non-profit” providers have any idea about the backgrounds of the folks they are bringing to our state.  Again, this whole thing is a scam by the Democrats and because of “big business interests” in Tennessee, our leadership is doing nothing to try to stop or interfere with this planned invasion.  And the Legislature should go into special session to address this issue as well as masks and vaccine mandates by schools and private employers.    

In short, we should make Tennessee the most unwelcoming state for illegal aliens.

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About the Author: Bruce Griffey, Esq. – (R) Paris – Tennessee State Representative District 75. Griffey is the Representative for Henry, Benton and Stewart Counties. rep.bruce.griffey@capitol.tn.gov

7 thoughts on “What Can Be Done About Illegal Immigration In TN: Griffey Op-Ed

  • September 30, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Rep. Griffey is spot on! Wish we had a whole General Assembly full of people like him instead of the worthless RINOs that constitute the majority of our overall worthless GOP supermajority . We would be a much better state!

  • September 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Make it clear-NO JOBS FOR ILLEGALS IN TENNESSEE. Let them go to blue states. Let businesses know you won’t support them if they hire illegals. Take away the incentive to come and stay here. Hire only true, legal Americans of all races and colors!

  • September 30, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Right on point, Mr. Griffey! We are a nation of laws and for far too long and for too many selfish reasons politicians in our states and federal government along with big corporations have secretively and sometimes openly disregarded our laws pertaining to immigration so that they can achieve their own agendas. As you said in your article and the great Rush Limbaugh used to say, it should be difficult to become a citizen of the USA.

  • September 30, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Stop putting Democrats in Office, they will let anything and anybody in our country for a vote.

  • September 30, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Put them on a bus and transport back to the border and make sure they are on the otherside.

  • October 1, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Pass legislation to not let them into Tn. When they are loaded on to buses don’t let them disappear in to middle America….Send them all to DC and let the fools there deal with them

  • October 1, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I agree with your article Rep. Griffey.


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