Are You in Compliance with All State and Federal Immigration Laws?

Clear and easy explanations of your rights and the rules from a Knoxville attorney

The federal government has almost complete control of immigration laws, but Tennessee has passed a few laws of their own. We wanted you to have this information so that you can make informed decisions about your life in the U.S., and to help protect you from unknowingly and unwillingly breaking any of those laws.

To make it easier, we have addressed some of the more important components of the laws – factors you may not be familiar with, that differ from the federal regulations. And we encourage you to reach out to attorney Patrick Slaughter if you have questions. As an immigration attorney in Knoxville, TN, Patrick has helped people just like you protect themselves and their families. He answers and returns your calls in the day or evening, and provides practical, easy-to-understand advice when you’re unsure about what to do.

Tennessee’s specific laws regarding immigrants and immigration policies

Tennessee follows the federal guidelines for immigration. It requires proof of residency or citizenship for:

  • Employment eligibility
  • Obtaining a driver’s license
  • Voting (citizens only)

Tennessee also reserves the right to revoke the business license of any company which knowingly hires immigrants who has entered the country illegally, or who cannot prove their status. Furthermore, the state requires officials at local jails to report anyone who may be in violation of immigration laws, and to run their fingerprints through the federal database regardless of the arrestee’s status, as part of the “Secure Communities” program. The Tennessee State Highway Patrol will also cooperate with any federal officials in terms of immigration violations.

Morton Memo on Prosecutorial Discretion

Even immigration laws have exceptions to the rule, and prosecutorial discretion is one of them – kind of. Prosecutorial discretion allows the ICE to not enforce immigration laws in certain circumstances. The Morton Memo outlines these types of cases, calling for immigration officials to essentially ignore people whose families all live in the U.S., who are upstanding members of their community, and who have not committed a major crime.

Prosecutorial discretion is not a law, but it does allow ICE officials some leeway when determining who should be brought in for violating a visa, or for breaking an immigration law. The Morton Memo also asks that crime victims and witnesses be treated with discretion, because it is against ICE law to start removal proceedings against those groups.

Honest explanations about state and federal immigration laws

We know exactly how complex – and how difficult to understand – immigration laws are. When you work with our team, you get answers to your questions and supportive counsel from Patrick Slaughter himself. To learn more about how Tennessee and the federal government approach immigration, and what that may mean for you, your family and your future, please all 865.272.4454 or fill out this contact form.