Last December, Attorney General Slatery joined a politically-motivated lawsuit that has delayed key parts of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The enjoined programs would allow an estimated 50,000 undocumented Tennesseans to apply for a three year reprieve from deportation, a Social Security number, work permit, and driver license. On July 9th, TIRRC members delivered a petition with over 48,000 signatures to Attorney General Slatery's office urging him to remove Tennessee from the lawsuit.
In February, the district court judge who is hearing the lawsuit in Texas placed a temporary injunction on the programs created by executive order. If it weren't for the injunction, 50,000 Tennesseans would have the opportunity today to live without fear of family separation. By joining the lawsuit, AG Slatery has effectively expressed that he supports the deportation of parents of US citizens and young immigrants.
TIRRC members traveled to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans immediately following the petition drop-off for a national day of action to hear oral arguments for lifting the injunction that have put these critical programs on hold.