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New Nashville mayor is reversing predecessor on immigration

The new mayor of Nashville is rescinding an executive order by his predecessor discouraging Tennessee’s capital city from cooperating with immigration off...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new mayor of Nashville is rescindingan executive order by his predecessor discouraging Tennessee’s capital cityfrom cooperating with immigration officials.

The Tennessean reports Mayor John Cooper announced Monday he’srolling back David Briley’s action, saying it provides “insufficientclarity” for immigrant families and government employees on how to respondto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests.

Briley’s order last month also criticized a Tennessee law thatallows the state to withhold funding from local governments if they adoptso-called sanctuary policies restricting compliance with federal immigrationrequests.

The state had given Nashville until Friday to address the order orrisk losing grants totaling more than $1 million.

Cooper said he’s now forming a task force to track ICE requests.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com