Tennessee GOP leaders: Shelby Co. skirting new immigration law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top Republican lawmakers say the state’s biggest county isn’t following a new law that prohibits local authorities from requiring a warrant or probable cause before complying with federal immigration detainers.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said this week it won’t detain anyone being released from jail without a warrant or probable cause because the county attorney advised that the new law doesn’t apply to them. But it will keep notifying federal authorities when noncitizens are booked.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally said Shelby needs to re-evaluate its position or forfeit state economic and community development grants under the law.

House Speaker nominee Glen Casada said Shelby’s policy would disobey state law.

Enforcement calls for a local citizen to sue and a judge to rule that a policy is in violation.

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