Posted 4/15/24

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to communicate with federal immigration authorities if they discover people are in the the country illegally, and would broadly mandate cooperation in the process of identifying, detaining and deporting them.

The signed measure takes effect July 1st.

Tennessee has aligned with other states that have also sought to deploy their authorities into more immigration tasks. That includes a new Texas law that allows authorities to arrest migrants who enter the U.S. illegally and order them to leave the country.