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Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (Submitted)

Fifty people gathered in a conference room at the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition headquarters in South Nashville — Latinos from 15 different cities in Tennessee taking a course in how to prepare for a new state immigration law.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

The Tennessee Legislature has revived debate over granting in-state tuition to undocumented students. On Tuesday afternoon, a House subcommittee took the first action for the year, approving a bill which would allow all students who spend at least three years in a Tennessee high school to pay in-state rates at public colleges, regardless of their immigration status.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The question of whether immigrants brought to the United States as children should qualify for in-state tuition has divided Tennessee Republicans in recent years.

But the five major GOP candidates for governor all see it the same way: They're against it.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Governor Bill Haslam says he'll stay out of the debate over how much Nashville law enforcement must cooperate with federal immigration authorities, but he doubts the city will have much luck if it hopes to defy President Trump.

The Metro Council is expected to start discussion of some limits later this month. The proposals include requiring federal authorities to present a warrant if they want immigrants to be held longer than U.S.-born arrestees. The ordinance undergoes its first reading — typically a formality — on Tuesday night. 

Haslam says he isn't going to stand in the council's way.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Immigrants who've entered the country illegally face an uncertain future in the U.S., but that hasn't stopped Tennessee lawmakers from again considering an idea that could help many of them.

A proposal to give in-state college tuition to undocumented students who graduate from Tennessee high schools is once more gaining steam.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Immigration activists are hoping to rekindle a debate over whether undocumented students who grow up in Tennessee should get in-state tuition.

The proposal passed the state Senate last year. But it fell one vote short in the House of Representatives.

Supporters of the proposal rallied at the state Capitol and met with lawmakers Tuesday in the hope of passing in-state tuition for undocumented students this year.

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Mayor's Office of New Americans

Some of Nashville’s undocumented immigrants will get help avoiding deportation in a new effort by the Metro government. The city took a rare step Wednesday to make it as easy as possible for immigrants to collect official documents.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Suzanne Ford hadn't planned to see Donald Trump speak this weekend. But when the Springfield, Illinois, woman heard the Republican frontrunner would be in Nashville at the same time she was visiting relatives, she couldn't pass up the chance.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Federal immigration authorities and the city of Nashville have settled a lawsuit over a raid at an apartment complex in 2010.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A plan to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students has fallen one vote short of passing the state House of Representatives.

The measure, House Bill 675, would have granted a tuition break to an estimated 7,000 high school graduates brought to Tennessee illegally when they were minors.

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