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(NASHVILLE, TN), June 9, 2010 – The Senate and House have approved a conference committee report and sent to the governor legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) calling for Tennessee jails to send information to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) regarding prisoners who do not have documentation that they are in the U.S. legally. The bill, Senate Bill 1141, requires the jail keeper to fax, email or send a copy of the booking information.
“Illegal immigration is a huge problem which cost taxpayers a fortune,” said Senator Tracy, who recently won passage of a resolution congratulating Arizona for adoption of their recent initiative on this matter. “We must get information about criminals in our jails, who are not in the U.S. legally, to federal officials to protect our citizens.”
Lawmakers worked out differences in the bill in a conference committee earlier today. The House adopted the conference committee plan and approved the bill by a vote of 56 to 30. The Senate then took up the matter, passing it by a vote of 24 to 7.
The legislation calls for statewide standards to be developed by the POST (Police Officers Standard Training) Commission.
“Every state is a border state and every town a border town,” added Tracy. “We must continue to fight for common-sense illegal immigration legislation that will help us take back our streets.”
The General Assembly is expected to work late into the evening to try to conclude the business of the 2010 legislative session.