An open letter to the President on immigration & TN Muslims

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Nashville. We are sure you have chosen our city because of the incredible progress made by our immigrant communities. However, the successes of Tennessee’s immigrants have not come without serious challenges and social strife.

We are writing to you today to draw your attention to a unique and thriving community. A community which in many ways represents what is best about America. It is one of the most culturally and racially diverse groups in the United States. This community includes a very …

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New Attacks on Refugee Resettlement Programs

HB 1326 by *Womick ( SB 1325 by *Ketron)

As introduced, requires the Tennessee office for refugees to compile and report certain refugee resettlement information; requires refugee resettlement agencies to pay the state certain costs incurred by the state from resettlement activities; directs certain funds received to the department of intellectual and developmental disabilities. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 9; Title 49 and Title 71.

This bill has been placed on State and Local Government Committee calendar for 4/9/2013 & sent to a summer study committee in the House. (Bill is done for 2013)

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Supporting ELL Programs

SB 1118 by *Kyle ( HB 0895 by *Powell)

As introduced, requires funding of the BEP at the level of one ELL instructor for each 20 students who are English language learners and one ELL translator for each 200 students who are English language learners. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 3, Part 3.

This bill has been assigned to the General Senate Education Subcommittee on 3/27/13, and taken off Notice for the House Education Subcommittee on 3/26/13.

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