Phil Bredesen on Immigration
Democratic TN Governor
Beginning this week, members of the 1-230th Air Cavalry Squadron will deploy to Laredo, Texas, for border patrol duty. Tennessee's soldiers will provide reconnaissance to the U.S. Border Patrol.
"Immigration reform is a complex and serious issue," Bredesen said. "While this challenge ultimately requires a national, comprehensive solution, it falls to state and local governments to step in and fill the void left by the federal government. I'm committed to doing what we can in Tennessee, and helping to secure our nation's border is one critical part of that effort."
In July, Tennessee deployed soldiers to Arizona, where they continue to assist the U.S. Border Patrol with reconnaissance, surveillance and aviation.
"It is clear the lure of employment is a primary factor that attracts illegal immigrants to our country and to our state," Bredesen said. "State law prohibits individuals and businesses in Tennessee from knowingly employing individuals who have illegally entered the United States. That's why I signed today's Executive Order, which outlines specific steps to ensure that those who do business with the state do not knowingly hire illegal immigrants."
Executive Order No. 41 requires Tennessee's government to spot check the personnel records of state contractors and issue fines to businesses that employ illegal labor. This move strengthens Public Chapter No. 878, which Bredesen signed in June, to prohibit state contracts for businesses and individuals that knowingly employ illegal labor.
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