A few weeks ago, Knoxville City Council Second District candidate Brandon Bruce gave an interview to BackroomKnox.com that included the fact that Brandon would, “support Knoxville being a sanctuary city.” Despite Sanctuary Cities being against federal law, Brandon’s explanation included that it wasn’t that big a deal because only a few complaints/arrests were made on a monthly basis to the county. He went so far as to say that Knox County was essentially a “sanctuary county”. The interview also pointed out his support and inclusion in a protest against President Trump earlier this year.
According to sources, the Knox County Jail houses about 27,000 inmates a year, 1,600 whom are foreign-born, according to the Knox County Sherriff’s office ICE application Knox County will identify, process and turn over 150 aliens to ICE per month, or 1,800 a year, Knox County’s application states the county currently holds approximately 20 aliens on federal detainers for ICE every month, which are about 240 annually. Knox County has been approved for the 287(g) program.
It has been noted by TN Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd, that “sanctuary cities” are illegal in this country, and said, “”Sanctuary Cities are illegal. DC has failed us on immigration. But here in TN we must follow the law & say NO to Sanctuary Cities.”
In Tennessee, I believe a majority of citizens believe that the law of the United States should be followed. Especially when it come to immigration, especially when some non-law abiding citizens have injured and ruined the lives of countless Americans.
Given the political nature of this county and city, I would not expect that the California, Nancy Pelosi values of supporting Knoxville being a sanctuary city.
One wonders what Andrew Roberto, the notorious Democrat, in the 2nd District race, in addition to Larsen Jay, a County Commission candidate who had a joint fundraiser with Bruce thinks about the sanctuary cities position of Bruce.