The campaign to turn Nashville, Tennessee into a sanctuary city has been shelved, after facing heavy opposition from Republicans in the state, and legal advice informing them that their proposal is not even enforceable the way it is written.
At a news conference Wednesday, Councilman Bob Mendes, who sponsored the initiative, admitted that “political realities” have derailed the plan “intended to make the city’s growing foreign-born population feel safer in their communities.”
Mayor Megan Barry had reportedly encouraged the city council to “reconsider” the plan to make Nashville a sanctuary city.
The Tennessean reported Mendes claimed that residents of Nashville supported the sanctuary city plan, but he blamed the backlash on other conservative areas of the state.
Therefore, he announced the city will “refocus” on protecting all citizens.
“Despite the popular support in Davidson County, there’s been a great deal of opposition from outside the county, and these bills have become a political football for people running for governor in the Republican primary and other races statewide,” Mendes said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
“It’s almost become a race to the bottom to see who can criticize Nashville more, who can criticize immigrants more.
“It’s set up a situation where we won’t be able to proceed,” he said. “We’re going to refocus our efforts on moving forward to protect all our citizens.”
Mendes days that “political realities” means that he will no longer proceed with the immigration bills. He plans to withdraw them.
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) June 28, 2017
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