The lawsuit asks the court to force the federal government to stop resettling refugees in Tennessee until the federal government assumes all costs associated with the settlement.
"Plaintiffs will suffer significant and irreparable harm unless this court intervenes," the 15-page lawsuit states.
The defendants named in the lawsuit include the U.S. State Department; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Tennessee's legal action is the first of its kind. It challenges the federal government for noncompliance of the Refugee Act of 1980 based on the 10th Amendment. Other states have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement but on different grounds.
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