Outside counsel takes on TN refugee lawsuit

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has signed off on the selection of the Thomas More Law Center to represent Tennessee in a lawsuit that will challenge the federal government refugee resettlement actions, reports The Tennessean. State Attorney General Herbert Slatery had declined to file the lawsuit, despite a legislative resolution calling on him to do so.

The Michigan-based legal group, which will represent the state for free, has taken on a host of conservative legal causes in recent years. Those challenges are on topics including Common Core education standards, hate crimes legislation, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and abortion. On its website, the group also takes a strong stance on Islam, saying “Radical Muslims and Islamic organizations” are trying to wage a “stealth jihad” to take over the nation.

…Calling the law center “an excellent firm” with a strong track record, Ramsey said in a statement that he was confident the organization would represent the state well.

“Our nation is a welcoming nation and our state is a welcoming state. But now more than ever, we must make sure that any refugees placed in Tennessee are fully vetted and any resettlement program is in the best interest of Tennessee citizens,” Ramsey said. “I remain unconvinced that the federal government and their appointed agents have either the willingness or the ability to vet refugees properly or thoroughly. A nation without properly policed borders is not a nation at all. The General Assembly is doing what is necessary to protect the people we serve.”

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