Tenth Amendment Issue – State Refusing to Pay for Refugee Program it Quit

Bureaucrats still sending bills for federal effort to Tennessee

The U.N.’s massive Dadaab camp in Kenya sends a steady stream of Somali refugees to the United States.

Citing the 10th Amendment, Tennessee’s General Assembly is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the state can drop out of a program in which the federal government has settled thousands of refugees in local communities.

The lawmakers appealed after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s dismissal of the case.

The case, filed in 2017, alleges the federal government violated state sovereignty by forcing Tennessee to continue paying for the program after it exercised its right not to take part.

The 10th Amendment holds that any authority not designated to the federal government is reserved to the states and the people.

After Tennessee withdrew from the program, the federal government assigned a private organization to run its resettlements in Tennessee, prompting the lawsuit. The feds also threatened to cut billions of dollars in funding from the state if it didn’t pay the costs of the program. Read the rest HERE.


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