Ramsey, Harwell Issue Joint Call to ‘Stop Flow of Refugees to Tennessee’

Press release from the Office of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, Nov. 16, 2015:

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) issued the below statement on the flow of refugees to Tennessee following last Friday’s terror attack in Paris:

“Recent events have made it clear that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is ramping up its operations of terror against the United States and Europe. Tennessee itself experienced an act of terrorism just a few months ago in Chattanooga. Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of France.

The mass movement of legitimate refugees seeking asylum is heartbreaking, and our heart goes out to each and every man, woman and child who is fleeing legitimate political persecution. But the opportunity that radical Islamists could embed themselves in the movement of refugees is large and growing. These refugees are impossible to thoroughly investigate and properly vet.

Out of an abundance of caution, we must use any and all legal means at our disposal to stop the flow of refugees to Tennessee. We are calling for our federal representatives to place an immediate moratorium on refugees entering the United States, specifically Tennessee.”