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    Governor's refugee decision may allow Fed to send Mideast refugees to TN that Australia has refused

    Gov. Bill Lee’s decision on December 18 to say yes to more refugees in Tennessee allows the federal government to resettle refugees from any country it wants into the state, including an estimated 300 to 720 refugees from Middle East countries that the government of Australia has refused to accept.

    H/T: Tennessee Star

    In response to backlash from voters, several counties are considering legislation that would rebuke the governor's decision. Opposition from state legislators blindsided by the December announcement is coalescing around an effort to override the governor with a veto-proof majority.

    House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally pointed to the state's pending lawsuit against the federal government over refugee resettlement, saying in a joint statement, “Our personal preference would have been to exercise the option to hit the pause button on accepting additional refugees in our state. However, the federal order makes this the sole decision of the Governor, and he has made his call.”

    Gov. Lee, responding in a letter to Sexton and McNally wrote, “The refugee population in Tennessee is small, and I believe our consent to cooperate and consult with the Trump Administration to provide a safe harbor for those who are fleeing religious persecution and violent conflict is the right decision.”

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