NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF/CNN) — The newly elected mayor of Nashville announced he would rescind the former mayor’s controversial executive order on immigration.
Former Mayor David Briley’s executive order called on state lawmakers to repeal an anti-sanctuary city law and promised the mayor’s office would support the effort.
But mayor John cooper says that order provides “insufficient clarity.”
When Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tried to arrest a man and his son in Hermitage in July, neighbors rallied to protect them. Cooper hopes to clarify how residents and city agencies should respond to requests from federal agencies like ICE.
It’s an approach Vice Mayor Jim Shulman supports.
“I do like the idea of trying to come up with a consistent policy,” he said.
Cooper plans to establish a task force, which will be made up of law enforcement, immigration advocates, city leaders and others who will make recommendations on how metro employees should interact with immigration authorities while still complying with the law, and protecting the safety of immigrant communities.
“You know, whenever you can bring together good people to sit down at the table and talk through these things, that’s a positive step,” Shulman said.
As the task force gets to work, Shulman says a lot of people will be keeping a close watch on how it works out.
“I know the council is interested in this. I know there are a lot of people interested in this,” he said.