According to the statement, “The Thomas More Law Center was retained by the Tennessee General Assembly in March 2017 to file a first-of-its-kind Tenth Amendment lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal refugee resettlement program.”
The bill’s Senate sponsor, Edward Kennedy, noted the program would “assure full and adequate federal support for refugee resettlement programs by authorizing permanent funding for state, local and volunteer agency projects.” The Act intended that “[s]tate and local agencies … not be taxed for programs they did not initiate and for which they were not responsible”.
In addition to covering welfare outlays by the state, the program promised states 3 years of cash payments, known as Refugee Cash Assistance, and medical insurance for those refugees who were not eligible for means tested cash welfare or Medicaid.
Breitbart News has reported on this case extensively since the Tennessee General Assembly voted to sue the federal government to stop primary resettlement of refugees on Tenth Amendment grounds in April 2016.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee General Assembly declared it will sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds.