May 15, 2018-
The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday called on Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation that seeks to ban sanctuary cities in Tennessee, joining Metro school board members, Nashville’s police chief and others in raising concerns about the pending bill. The council voted 21-4, with four abstentions, to approve a late-filed memorializing resolution filed by At-large Councilwoman Erica Gilmore that requested the veto.
Gilmore, a candidate for Nashville mayoral in next week’s special election, called the Republican-backed state proposal harmful to public safety, and an “unfunded mandate” that has the potential “to increase racial profiling.” The four no votes came from council members Robert Swope, Steve Glover, Russ Pulley and Mike Freeman. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy, R-Erin, and approved in the House with a 64-23 vote, would also mandate local law enforcement officials comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, requests to hold immigrants who entered the country illegally.