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State To Rebel Against Federal Government Refugee Resettlement

State To Rebel Against Federal Government Refugee Resettlement

by Michael Patrick Leahy for Breitbart

Several Tennessee state legislators appear ready to rebel against the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program after hearing testimony from Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons that the Obama administration has failed to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980’s statutory requirement to consult with the state prior to the placement of refugees there.

“My office is preparing a formal request in a letter to the Tennessee Attorney General that will go out later today asking him to pursue remedies for what is clearly a violation of the federal statutes by the federal government—in this case the Refugee Act of 1980,” State Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) tells Breitbart News.

Roberts was one of several members of the Tennessee General Assembly who participated in a a joint meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and the House State Government Committee in Nashville who heard the startling testimony from Gibbons.

“Under federal law, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration are required to consult on a regular basis not less than quarterly, with state and local governments, and private non-profit voluntary agencies, concerning the sponsorship process and, importantly, the intended distribution of refugees among the states and location before the placement in those states and localities,” Gibbons testified.

“So far, to this point, we feel there has not been adequate compliance with this mandate under federal law,” he added.

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