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Tenn. jail immigration policy made in secret, lawsuit says

December 30, 2011 (1 min read)

"A lawsuit in Nashville is seeking to stop jailers across Tennessee from enforcing a state law that requires them to investigate the immigration status of any person who comes into a county or municipal detention facility.  Public Chapter No. 1112, which passed in 2010 and took effect this year, required the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training, or POST, Commission to draw up procedures for jails to follow. The lawsuit, filed by Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment in Davidson County Chancery Court, claims the POST Commission did not follow the state’s open meetings laws as it drew up a policy, and asks a judge for a temporary injunction that would halt its continued publication and implementation." - Tennessean, Dec. 29, 2011.