Lee joins Iowa counterpart in calling for congressional hearing on unaccompanied minors

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference in Nashville on March 22, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican Gov. Bill Lee is joining Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in calling on a congressional hearing on unaccompanied minors being flown to their states by the federal government.

Here’s the release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds joined with U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in calling for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the crisis at the southern border and the ensuing flow of unaccompanied minors to states.

“We are writing to support your continued calls for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold an oversight hearing regarding the current border crisis,” the governors wrote in their letter to Senator Grassley. “We believe this hearing should also address the Biden Administration’s failure to provide notice and transparency in their movement of unaccompanied migrant children into states.”

Both Iowa and Tennessee have faced a series of disturbing incidents involving the transport of unaccompanied children into respective states, under the cover of darkness, with no advance notification, consent or plan from federal partners.

“These experiences sow seeds of mistrust in our communities, and work to intentionally subvert the will of the people for a secure border and a clear, lawful immigration process,” the governors wrote in their letter to Senator Grassley. “Additionally, the lack of transparency places an undue burden on our law enforcement partners to determine whether these types of flights constitute a criminal act of human trafficking or the federally-sponsored transport of vulnerable children.”

Both Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty support calls for a hearing.

“The Biden Administration is secretly transporting migrants to communities throughout the United States, including in Tennessee, without the knowledge of or permission of the communities involved,” said Senator Blackburn. “President Biden’s failed immigration policies have turned every town into a border town. The Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately hold an oversight hearing on the crisis at our southern border. I applaud Governor Lee for his efforts to protect our state and the people who are being trafficked by the Mexican cartels.”

“Tennessee and states all across the country are seeing the real, tangible results of President Biden’s total failure to solve the crisis at the border—a crisis of his own making—with the systematic resettling of migrants in our communities,” said Senator Hagerty. “Mayors, sheriffs and governors are on the front lines of combatting increased human trafficking and drug smuggling, as well as addressing strains on public resources. I applaud Governors Lee and Reynolds for continuing to draw attention to these matters, asking questions and urging Congress to perform its proper oversight function.”

53 Responses to Lee joins Iowa counterpart in calling for congressional hearing on unaccompanied minors

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    MARLE says:

    What happens if a US citizen mother puts her preteen daughter in the hands of criminal gang members to make a cross country trek during which she is raped and nearly drowns during a river crossing? She’s charged with child endangerment, I HOPE.

    Contrast that with the treatment an undocumented mother gets when US taxpayers fly her Guatemalan “refugee” daughter to be reunited to wherever she has been illegally living in the US. I think there are no charges pressed. Is that correct???

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Absolutely right for Republicans to shine as bright a light as possible on the suicide pact the majority of Americans have entered into with the leftists in the Democratic Party in the hopes that enough people decide that mawkish sentimentality might make some feel good for awhile, but suicide is serious and permanent.

    BTW, not enough attention has been paid on this forum to our spanking new Senator Bill Hagerty since he took office. I voted for Bill so it gives me great pleasure to point out that after about six months in office Bill’s Heritage score is a GREAT BIG 98%. Looks like he likes being our Senator and we sure love the voting record he is racking up being our Senator.

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      MARLE says:

      Every R-voting person voted for him. What other choice did we have? Ditto Marsha.

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      James White says:

      98 is easy when your party doesn’t control the congress (senate), just vote against. When the R’s had the congress TRILLIONs still up

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        A VERY good point James!!!! Easy enough to just sit there and say “NO” “NO” when the nut cases in the Democratic Party control the Senate and bring up one bill that’s nuttier than the next. It’s when the Republicans are in control that the Party shows itself to be so unfit to govern so the votes get harder as good legislation gets watered down to accommodate the “Lamars” in the Party. Thus we must move the Party RIGHTWARD, etc. etc.

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          Cryan says:

          Glenn Jacobs for Tennessee Governor 2022

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Phillip, when a member of the Tennessee Race Baiters uses the leftist mindless expanded definition of “race” to try to attract you down the rabbit hole of identity politics to account for things that have absolutely nothing to do with the “race” of an individual I ignore them or try to show what fools they reveal themselves to be. To answer them substantively is to lend credence to their tendentious mindlessness which I avoid doing like the plague.

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            Cryan says:

            Why did Marsha vote No? Why did Hagery vote Yes? Why did Lee accept refugees? Why did he turn them away?

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          Cryan says:

          Senator Haggerty voted to confirm Zahid Quraishi, America’s first Muslim judge. Senator Marsha voted Nay.

          Who will get the Heritage points, Stu?

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            Phillip Lassiter says:

            Haggerty always been a muslim sympathizer.

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            MARLE says:

            Conveniently that vote won’t get scored. The problem with heritage is that not all votes count; just the ones THEY decided on.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You didn’t finish the sentence MARLE which for the purpose of accuracy should have ended by saying “. . .just the ones THEY [decide] . . . were important.” Is there any information you have that the vote to confirm this judge was important so as to be included on the Heritage scorecard? Or have you simply been suckered into talking identity politics just because a member of the Tennessee Race Baiters wants to talk about identity politics because after all that’s all they got?

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            MARLE says:

            My response had nothing to do with race baiting; it had to do with the fact that SCORES are only measuring the things Heritage thinks are noteworthy, not the things I think are. And they and I disagree.

            Bottom line is that it’s best Not to be too lazy to think for yourself.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            That’s fair enough but in this particular case there is no reason for you or I or apparently anyone else to think that this vote was important enough to appear on any scorecard and the article that we are supposed to be addressing had nothing to do with the vote on confirming this judge. QUESTION: Why are we chatting about this vote? ANSWER: It’s because a member of the Tennessee Race Baiters decided it would be fun to talk about ANYTHING that had to do with identity politics. That’s what race baiters do. That’s what race baiters have always done since the War Between the States up to modern times. They update the appeal, of course, but it’s always the demagogic same, cover up what should be discussed by distracting the people to divide themselves into warring tribes. It’s harmful. In fact, it’s disgusting but that is this country’s legacy and none of us that aren’t members of the Race Baiters should have anything to do with it.

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            Cryan says:

            Whenever OANN, NewsMax, Fox, or Trump start shrieking “Sharia Law,” I am going to reply to every comment Stuart I. Anderson posts on the blog with his own words above for as long as I live.

            Marsha voted “NAY” on the first Muslim judge. Light in the Loafers Hagery voted “Aye.” Stuart “Inbreeding” Anderson said it wasn’t important. Let’s see what Tucker tells him to think tonight.

            It WILL be important enough to be on a scorecard whenever Trump tells them it is important.

            #MAGA2024 #ShariaLaw

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            More conservatives trying to decide what is important for everyone else. Do as they say, not as they do!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yes, what I meant to say is that I had the good sense and vision that enabled me to see the broad implications of my vote so I supported him in the 2020 Republican Primary when so many others not similarly blessed did not.

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        Cryan says:

        Senator Haggerty voted to confirm Zahid Quraishi, America’s first Muslim judge. Senator Marsha voted Nay.

        Who will get the Heritage points, Stu?

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    James White says:

    They don’t need the permission of the communities.

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    James White says:

    Fix the boarder issue and the problem goes away. Trump wanted to, Biden does not want to.

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      Cryan says:

      Trump **PROMISED** to. In fact, he said Mexico would pay for it and it would be completed in his first 6 months in office.

      Gullible

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    steve cates says:

    Lee has no dog in this fight. He is just trying to stir up his base to make up for the “agreement” he gave to allow refugees to come here – one that angered republicans across the board. No state money is involved. No state employees are involved. It’s purely none of his business. (What was that “fixing of the border problem” that 45 did? I must have missed it!?)

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      Cryan says:

      He’s scared of Glenn Jacobs, Andy Ogles, Mark Green, Cameron Sexton, and Donald Trump.

      You are absolutely right. This is nothing but 2022 GQP Primary politics.

      Don’t forget Bill Lee’s Executive Shut Down Orders, dear Republicans. I’m sure Ogles and KANE will remind you from now until next August.

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      James White says:

      IF they finished the fence, that would help the border issue, and stringing the military along the fence.

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        Cryan says:

        Mexico still hasn’t paid their bill for the first part of it. Donald Trump promised not single one red American cent would be used for the wall. We can’t finish it until Mexico starts paying their bills. Home Depot cut off our credit line.

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    Cryan says:

    These immigration posts get a lot of traction on this site. It’s telling that the recent post about parametric insurance and captives got like 3 comments — one being a Stuart Anderson regurgitation of an off-topic Tucker Carlson rant. (At least he put a line above it to separate topics 🙄)

    Does being so stupid that you don’t take the time to understand and formulate an opinion on parametric insurance regulations but will comment night and day about brown people make your heads hurt? Or is ignorance really bliss?

    “I don’t give a damn about flood insurance. Just keep the brown people from taking my job. Oh, what do I do? I took an early retirement and draw SSI disability for my bad back. #WWG1WGA #MexicoPaidForTheWall”

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    David Collins says:

    Marsha Blackburn needs to make sure she always speaks AFTER Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and/or Senator Tommy Tubberville of Alabama. Those two make Blackburn sound intelligent (no easy task). In fact, she should probably try to get her seat in the chamber moved to where she can be close to one or the other and therefore never miss an opportunity to sound smart. Just always let one of them go first. Every city in Tennessee a border town? She really said that?

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      MARLE says:

      Today she is jumping out in front of the parade calling for the firing of Dr Fauci. Let’s remember WHO made Dr Fauci into the spectacle he became. WHO introduced him to America, gave him a daily platform and microphone to mislead us and WHO called him “brilliant” over and over.

      Why, that would be Marsha’s, the lap dog’s Master. How conveniently she forgets who created and placed on center stage this incompetent bureaucrat as she now calls him.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Readers, from the top of your program that’s Blackburn (Heritage-87%), Johnson (83%), Tuberville (98%) and in the case of Tommy competing for Senate Rookie of the Year honors. Their job is to say “AYE” when voting on legislation that should be approved, and “NO” when voting on legislation that should be rejected. That being the case, obviously Marsha and Tommy are doing an outstanding job while Ron is OK.

      David is confused yet again. He thinks that the primary job of a U. S. Senator is to “sound intelligent.” No David, that’s the job of actors and actresses who are portraying someone who is supposed to be intelligent even though the performers are in real life uneducated morons (see, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore playing attorneys in “A Few Good Men”).

      While “sounding intelligent” is nice, those of us who have been in a university for any appreciable period of time know that some sound intelligent but on closer examination aren’t, and others don’t have the glib tongue so as to sound intelligent but really are. Of course, David doesn’t know any of the legislators he mentions except to know that they are fine conservatives and, alas, David isn’t one so he casts pejorative labels on those with whom he disagrees. That’s OK, I do it myself quite frequently. Just so long as readers know that Marsha, Ron and Tommy are doing a great to OK job.

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        MARLE says:

        I think most of us here would agree that the most verbose, attempting-to-sound-intelligent people commenting here~ really aren’t. That was a great micro-analysis, Stuart.

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          Taxpayer #314 says:

          Absolutely Marle; Stuart, as always, takes a very long time to say nothing and the endless repetition of his favorite meaningless scores is just annoying to most readers.

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      James White says:

      That is clear thinking David…
      For the record, here are the HORRIBLE votes Marsha Blackburn is STILL doing….
      http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Just for the information of readers, when Marsha first went to Congress in 2002 she immediately cast one of the deciding votes backing “Uniter” Bush’s historic capitulation allowing for the expansion of Medicare to cover prescription drugs. When she did that I was incredulous and stopped supporting her entirely insofar as she ran as this Rambo conservative in the newly drawn Seventh District. For about ten years thereafter her Heritage score averaged about 75, the very model of a tepid conservative. The heartwarming end of the story is that she was reunited with the conservatism that made her a legend in the General Assembly and bloomed into the great 87% Senator she is today and will be for however long she chooses to be in the Senate. As a matter of fact that is such an inspiring story that I think that I will wear my red “Marsha Marsha Marsha” shirt today just on its retelling.

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          Cryan says:

          Just for the information of readers, Stuart used the example of Marsha Blackburn to describe the idiom “straddling the fence”

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        Marsha Blackburn does seem to be being less “Republican” and more in the middle to help MOST BUT NOT ALL Tennesseans. People should give her a second chance.

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          Cryan says:

          Yes, Marsha Blackburn is a RINO who turned her back on Donald Trump on January 6. We will never forget, Marsha.

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            MARLE says:

            She may have turned her back (but only b/c even the most staunch supporters, ie the herd, did For A BRIEF moment in time) but she was back with a full frontal group hug within a matter of weeks.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Marsha is, of course, a very wise politician and she knows, as do a vast majority of conservatives know, that the only way to stop the leftists in the Democratic Party from destroying this country is to be unified with the Trumpidians as we head into the 2022 elections. It is that unity that the left fears most and prays that it falls apart. WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!

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            MARLE says:

            Just trying to clarify for anyone wanting to credit her with some integrity that she has none IF it interferes with her reelection. Some profile in courage she is! Why not imagine that those who like her for her POLICIES, in a Red State, will vote for her when she is a kiss up lap dog or not.

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            Cryan says:

            Stuart – she voted to certify Joe Biden as president of the United States. She turned her back on Trump in his darkest hour of need. Q warned us of RINO traitors years ago.

            Unity? What are you smoking?

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Marsha is a huge part of the problem both in our state government AND our National government. Trump is a disgusting has been, twice defeated, twice impeached crook who should be in jail right now along with most of his friends and some of his family. The most recent International polls shows that Trump had a 17% “score” for the question “Do you believe the President will do the right thing for the country?” While Biden currently has a “score” of 75% for the same question. How would the Heritage guys score that one Stuart? More people are waking up every day to the dirty politics the republicans and the conservatives use to defeat the public.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          OH MY GOSH!!! I just came home in a good mood wearing my red “MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA” shirt and what news does Taxpayer bring to me, “The most recent International polls show that Trump has a 17% ‘score’. . . .” Truly devastating news Taxpayer. Wait until the American voters hear about this because if its anything that makes an impression on the average American is what some foreigners think about anything having to do with the U.S.A. You know what high esteem the average American holds for foreigners. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Taxpayer, have a heart, don’t spread the results of that poll around for if you do Trump and all of his Trumpidians will simply wither and die.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            And right on cue, Stuart chimes in with the astonishing news that republicans and conservatives don’t give a damn about ANY foreigners and they don’t care what foreigners think either. It’s just more proof of what I was talking about. Stuart says screw the world – the USA is King and real Americans cringe whenever people like that speak for all of us without even thinking. Sad!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Just to point out “todays” version of political garbage that republicans throw around so easily…word is out that Beth Harwell is considering another Congressional run in our great state of Tennessee. When asked about it – she actually said she would run IF the gerrymandering was done correctly and gave her an advantage. See most republicans and conservatives can NOT get elected legally, so they have come to rely on the dirty tricks they have perfected so well over the years. Republicans and conservatives depend on sly and sneaky voter suppression laws and gimmicks that turn off voters to squeak by & into office. And if they happen to loose in a close election – well, look how trump responded. The party of NO; NO has become their entire platform now! That is why their numbers are dropping so fast.

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      James White says:

      Beth voted FOR an Article V Constitutional Convention. Just say No to Beth.

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      Cryan says:

      Does she really expect them to split the Democratic vote from the fastest growing city in the country for 8 years running and jeopardize Desjarlais and Greene?

      I wholeheartedly endorse this redistricting strategy. Thanks GQP!

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      Phillip Lassiter says:

      Hah! She had the chance to gerrymander Cooper out and she bent over for him instead. She would suck as a congressman. Would vote about like Lamar!. She just likes people to talk about her in between her trips to the liquor store and hair transplant clinic.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Noooooooo Republicans, don’t mess up the good think we have going for us in keeping our few Tennessee leftists penned up in their two congressional ghettos while we have safe seats in the other seven. IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Are there two or three ghettos now Stuart as you said recently, they seem to be spreading, wonder why that is?

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Great point Taxpayer, thanks for asking. Indeed, there apparently are now three left-liberal ghettos now that those fools at that university are apparently making Knoxville a dystopia but there are only two congressional left ghettos because there aren’t enough loons in Knoxville to warrant its own congressional district.

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    James White says:

    Again with the Refugee Resettlement. There is nothing the state can do to stop anyone from coming to Tennessee to live. All the (LEGAL) refugees that live in other states, could come here tomorrow and you would never know. Heck, they can’t even stop ILLEGAL immigrants from coming over.
    update: settled by the courts, feds win. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to
    hear an appeal of the Tennessee General
    Assembly’s thwarted legal effort to block
    the federal government’s refugee resettlement
    program. A federal judge in
    Memphis threw out the case in 2018. /

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Trump and his mafia family have subverted our entire way of government, it is so broken today and it will take a long time to restore our democracy. Barr and the former DOJ have turned things upside down and again it will take a long time to recover and file all the cases that need to be filed. There are so many laws and norms that have been broken/abandoned it is hard to know where to start. The continued misguided support of the BIG LIE has driven the conservatives and republicans into a corner that they don’t know how to lie their way out of. Our democracy is indeed in trouble and it is past time to bring out the handcuffs and get on with the prosecutions that are necessary to right the ship. Every day more info comes out that deeply implicates so many former trump officials. The evidence mounts every day and the public is fed up with crooked politicians and their cheap, nonsensical denials.

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