As the Supreme Court prepares to determine if Texas and 25 other states have standing to sue the Obama administration for his executive amnesty program, the Tennessee General Assembly has voted to bring a lawsuit of their own against the federal government. The subject of the Tennessee lawsuit, should it be filed, will be Obama’s refugee resettlement program, which forces the state to take in Syrian refugees whether the citizens like it or not.
This week, both the state Senate and House passed a resolution authorizing the lawsuit. “Today we struck a blow for Liberty by finally adopting SJR467,” State Senator Mark Norris said in an interview with Breitbart.com. “The General Assembly clearly understands the importance of public safety and state sovereignty as demonstrated by the overwhelming support of this Resolution for which we are thankful. The Syrian surge heightens our sense of urgency to get this properly before the courts, and we urge the Attorney General to act without delay.”
Tennessee opted out of the national resettlement program in 2008, but the lawsuit would present a challenge to the program on a constitutional basis. According to proponents of the suit, Obama’s program – which circumvents state authorities by relying on a network of voluntary agencies to resettle the refugees – stands in violation of the Tenth Amendment.
The vote in the legislature makes a lawsuit nearly inevitable, but it remains to be seen if a couple of key Republicans will join the cause. Governor Bill Haslam has expressed reservations about the lawsuit, and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has yet to indicate whether or not he will represent the state in the litigation. To quell concerns from the voters, the bill specifically states that the lawsuit will not cost the state any money.
To be sure, 49 other states will be watching this lawsuit with great interest. Obama has shown no interest in listening to reason on this matter, as in so many other cases. And while the U.S. government has been slow to meet the president’s goals on Syrian refugees, Americans and their local representatives remain fiercely concerned about the vetting process. Even apart from the threat of terrorism, many communities are deeply worried about what’s happening in Europe, where Muslim migration has created a storm of cultural and criminal disasters.
With this lawsuit and others, we may finally be on the verge of taking back some significant power from a president who thought he was an emperor.