Contact: Alex Lewis Phone: (615) 741-1967

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “In light of Governor Haslam’s statement this afternoon that he has determined it best to suspend refugee placements in Tennessee ‘until states can become more of a partner in the vetting process,’ I have today called upon the Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, Senator Ken Yager, to convene our Committee for the purpose of taking testimony from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Department of the Military, the Tennessee Office for Refugees and others concerning the process by which resettlement may take place, if at all, what safeguards are in place, and what more can be done to provide assurance that appropriate safeguards are in place.

“Our primary concern is the safety of Tennesseans during this global conflict and to provide reassurance that all steps necessary to provide public safety are undertaken without delay.”

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