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April 01, 2005

Great News from the Tennessee Immigrant Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

Dear Friends: Great news! The worst of the anti-immigrant bills in the Tennessee legislature this year, House Bill 0196*, was defeated – by a 5-3 vote – in the house elections sub-committee yesterday! As a reminder, HB 0196 was Tennessee’s (more extreme) version of Arizona’s proposition 200, which passed by referendum in Arizona last November.

TIRRC was given the opportunity to speak to the committee before the vote, and once again made the case that HB 0196 – if passed – would be unfair to immigrants and harmful to all Tennesseans.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED MAKE THIS VICTORY POSSIBLE!
‧ Thanks to those of you who came to the legislature over the last few months to educate legislators about the dangers of HB 0196. Special thanks to Conexion Americas, Becky Rhodes (TN bar assoc.), Eliud Trevino (El Crucero), the TN ACLU, and TIRRC’s legislative consultant Stewart Clifton.
‧ Thanks to the over 300 supporters from across the state who attended the 2nd annual legislative reception last Wednesday evening. YOUR PRESENCE AT THE RECEPTION MADE THE DIFFERENCE ON THIS VOTE! Four of the five legislators who voted against this bill attended the reception and heard your voices!

‧ Thanks to all of you who contacted legislators directly to oppose this vote. Your voices were loud, and also made a big difference. Special thanks to Ann Grizzle from Greenville for her particularly hard work in this area. Special thanks also to the members of the West, Middle and East Tennessee Regional councils for all of your phone calls and e-mails.

‧ Thanks also to the members of the ad-hoc task force that worked to strategize against this bill.

For more details on the committee vote, see the Knoxville News Sentinel Article at the bottom of this e-mail.

PLLEASE TAKE THE TIME TODAY TO THANK THE FOLLOWING TENNESSEE LEGISLATORS ON THE ELECTIONS SUB-COMMITTEE WHO VOTED AGAINST HB0196:

If you are from West TN, Thank the following state reps for voting against House Bill 0196: Rep. Lois Deberry (Memphis), Phone (615) 741-3830, e-mail: rep.lois.deberry@legislature.state.tn.us╴ (Rep. Deberry led the charge against this bill); Rep. Ulysses Jones (Memphis), Phone: (615) 741-4575, e-mail: rep.ulysses.jones@legislature.state.tn.us

If you are from Middle TN, thank the following state rep:
Rep. Edith Langster (Nash.), Phone (615)741-1997, e-mail: rep.edith.taylor.langster@legislature.state.tn.us

If you are from East TN, thank the following state reps:
Rep. Eddie Yokley (Greeneville), Phone (615) 741-6871, e-mail: rep.eddie.yokley@legislature.state.tn.us╴

Rep. John Litz (Morristown) Phone (615) 741-6877, e-mail: rep.john.litz@legislature.state.tn.us

*As a reminder, HB 0196 is a bill in the Tennessee Legislature that would require all state and local agencies administering public services (including services such as health care, law enforcement and fire) to verify immigration status, cooperate with all other agencies performing verification, and file written reports to the federal authorities of discovered violations. It would also create a Class A misdemeanor offense for failure on the part of state employees to report immigration violations to federal authorities. For more information on this and other anti-immigrant legislation pending in the TN Legislature, go to: http://www.tnimmigrant.org/ActionAlert.htm

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 1, 2005 01:52 PM

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