Jeff Woods is not an unbiased reporter so expecting a balanced story from him is foolish. That said he's not necessarily wrong with saying this was "Rammed Through." This state law in question passed pretty quickly when you consider major changes that impact the state rarely get passed in the first session (look how long we've been waiting to see wine in grocery stores)
Furthermore, Metro Council conducted nothing similar to the meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention. Media were not allowed there and from all reports it was a planning session to fight the Metro Ordinance. If Metro Council Members held a similar meeting with a gay group it was not nearly as sizable of a set-up.
Is driving without a license really a minor crime? We're not talking about letting your 15 year old drive a few blocks to the store to pick up some bread here. Illegal immigrants cause a lot of the fatalities in Middle Tennessee. They aren't properly trained to drive, they aren't insured, and many of them come from a culture that doesn't look down on driving drunk.
Beyond that, they aren't processed through 287 G if they have a legal ID from their country of birth.
In my opinion if you're willing to put others at risk by driving and you don't have the respect of the law to at least carry some form of ID you are the type of person who's likely to commit a more serious crime down the line and shouldn't be here. I have far more respect for Illegal Immigrants who come here to work and don't believe society owes them something.
Betsy you are right and wrong at the same time.
People want the government to create jobs and are beginning to get restless. The problem is the government isn't really good at creating jobs and those efforts always end up wasting money anyway.
The GOP is guilty of many sins this session but the party deserves credit for not making our financial problem worse by creating some type of "state stimulus
I don't see what the problem is.
All the bill basically says is that if police pull someone over who doesn't have ID they have the ability to check their immigration status. What's wrong with that?
If you're not in favor of deporting people who aren't in this country legally you should just say that instead of painting this bill into something it's not.
Jeff I may think you're out in space on many of your comments but this one is spot on. Good job.
Bredesen didn't do anything? Jeff maybe you were asleep the last 8 years while he turned state government from an albatross to a more efficient machine with reserves.
Or when he created needed programs like Pre-K.
Or when Tennessee weathered the economic downturn better than other states.
It's not that Bredesen only did what was popular it's that he did the job most Tennesseans realized needed to be done.
Betsy, Police know people are driving without a license when they pull them over for a traffic violation and ask for their ID. It's really that simple and that's exactly how people are being tagged with 287 G.
Sometimes the tag gets known gang members sometimes it gets people who have no record. But either way it gets someone who is a legit danger to Davidson County because they are willing to drive without a license or insurance.
Try telling families who've lost loved ones to illegal immigrants who shouldn't behind the wheel that this program is a "symbolic gesture"
I really don't see how you can argue against this point unless you want to argue this leads to racial profiling. If you make that argument though you will have to explain why statistically police are actually writing less citations to hispanic drivers since 287 G came into existence.
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