Tennessee GOP Leader: National Guard Should Round Up Syrian Refugees

| by Michael Allen
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Tennessee House GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada is calling for the National Guard to gather up Syrian refugees and stop anymore from coming into the state.

"We need to activate the Tennessee National Guard and stop them from coming in to the state by whatever means we can," Casada told the The Tennessean.

"I’m not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks," Casada added. "We need to gather [Syrian refugees] up and politely take them back to the ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] center and say, 'They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.'"

When asked whether or not the State of Tennessee actually has the authority to round up Syrian refugees, Casada said, "Tennessee is a sovereign state. If the federal government is forsaking the obligation to protect our citizens, we need to act."

However, the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution gives the U.S. government sovereignty over all states.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee sent a letter to President Obama on Nov. 17 asking that Syrian refugees not to be sent to Tennessee.

Vox.com noted on Nov. 17 that 27 governors, mostly Republican, are refusing to accept Syrian refugees, but the news site adds, "When governors say they're telling their state governments not to 'admit' Syrian refugees, they're using the term for officially letting the refugees into the country — which is something they don't have the authority to do."

States do have refugee coordinators who are supposed to work with the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, state agencies (that assist refugees) and the U.S. State Department.

Sources: The Tennessean, Vox.com / Photo Credit: Enoch Lai/Wikimedia