published Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Hamilton County back in bill requiring jailers to check arrestees' immigration status

NASHVILLE — Local jails would be required to check whether arrestees brought to them are legally in the United States under a bill debated Monday night in the Senate.

The bill originally excluded at least 20 counties, including Hamilton and Marion counties. But senators on Monday added an amendment by Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, that applied the measure statewide.

The bill also directs the state’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to set up specific training guidelines.

“It gives us consistency across the state of the manner in which this is going to be applied,” said Sen. Black, who is running for the GOP’s 6th Congressional District nomination.

She said her amendment was intended to resolve concerns from sheriffs.

The move came after more than a week of attacks by one of her GOP primary opponents, Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, who has accused her of being soft on illegal immigration because she voted to exclude two of her counties from the bill’s provisions.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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realworld said...

Perhaps at same time turn in employer for hiring illegal? Seems the REAL issue is the hiring, the employers, as without their jobs, no work, no illegals or at least cut way back. But better reelection fodder for the political and their hacks to stir pot about "Jail them illegals",rather then go after the root cause. One has to wonder how "payrolls processed" to include SS deductions, when illegals either have no number or a faked one that must pop up as such in SS data. Oh forgot Corp USA and other hire "contractors" whom supply the workers, and great buffer for "We did not hire them". But "Jail the illegals is much better to say then "Fine and JAIL the employers, even those that stop on cornor and pick up "Day labor" types. See folks the employers spend a lot buying politicians and lot blithering about on "jail them illegals", appealing to racist and lowest common denominator.. almost amusing if it were not so pathetic, how employers and pols play the game. Note "illegals" not just those from MX we seem to target, most major urban area over run with illegals from EU, Russian and such dominate trades as much cheaper to employ and intimidate then union and other workers they replaced. Around here a lot of developers used them in various construction projects under guise of "We did not know they were illegal", and of course did not check to close. Reality this whole thing is a farce, more for building up votes then solving the real issue. Distracts from TN being most corrupted, lowest in education, health care and about every other real issue....nothing knew there as well off get better off and mid lower end lose more each day. Reality is hiring folks getting cheap labor and will not pay wages to USA workers they would demand for most of the illegals jobs...and playing the public like puppets on a string, one more time.

May 26, 2010 at 9:34 a.m.
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