Houston Co Democrats Oppose Reedy Comments
And oppose legislation requiring local law enforcement to comply with ICE
April 13th, 2018 (ERIN, TN) - The Houston County Democratic Party condemns the comments of Rep. Jay Reedy during a State House Committee discussion on a bill targeting immigrants in Tennessee. Reedy's use of a racial slur to describe our immigrant neighbors, who work hard to support their families, comes at a time when many are already facing chaos and trauma in the wake of last week's horrendous raid and arrests. These longtime Tennesseans are an integral part of this community, and we stand with our Bean Station neighbors.
“Our country has a unique welcome message etched on the Statue of Liberty: ‘Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,' said Houston County Democratic Party Chair Paula Jones. “People come to this country seeking opportunity and prosperity. Legislation forcing local police agencies to spend precious resources on ICE raids, as Rep. Reedy proposes, denies our fellow Tennesseans that promise of opportunity and prosperity for all. Rep. Reedy's comments and actions do not represent our Tennessee values. Our legislators must do better, and work towards humane immigration laws that provide a pathway to citizenship for our neighbors.”
Background: Last week's raid on an East Tennessee meatpacking plant could have short- and long-term economic impacts on the surrounding communities, affecting many of the critical industries in Houston County. A bill up for debate in the Tennessee legislature would require all local law enforcement entities across the state to enter into agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorizing the use of local law enforcement officers as ICE agents to carry out arrests of their targets. This erodes the trust built between local law enforcement and their communities and would be a disastrous overreach. Rep. Reedy's careless comment in the wake of an uncertain future for so many of our neighbors is unacceptable.