After immigration shaped primary, topic not Gov. Lee focus

Bill Lee with flag

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee won the Republican primary in part by engaging about who was toughest on immigration. But so far, an immigration crackdown hasn’t been his priority.
Lee’s administration has opposed two immigration bills, though not on humanitarian grounds.
One bars babies born as U.S. citizens in Tennessee from getting birth certificates if their parents are in the country illegally. Lee’s spokeswoman said he opposes using agencies tasked with administrative functions instead of enforcement to curb illegal immigration.
Another proposal would have taxed international money transfers for people without driver’s licenses, possibly to fund President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Lee’s administration objected, citing opposition to earmarks, and the bill was voted down.
Lee said his goal is to follow existing immigration law.

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