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The Welcoming Tennessee Pledge

Our country's core values rest upon, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Today these values are imperiled by attacks on Tennessee residents who have immigrated to this country in search of a better life.  A rhetorical war has dehumanized immigrants, while our broken immigration system leads to inequality and violates the very principles upon which our country was founded, creating much suffering among people, their families and our communities.

The current reactionary and at times hateful rhetoric about immigrants fails to recognize the economic and cultural contributions that they make to our state along with the rich immigrant traditions of the past which have made Tennessee what it is today.

Welcoming Tennessee members:

  • Believe that Tennesseans remember, honor, and value our immigrant roots, and embrace the immigrant values of family, faith and hard work;

  • Believe Tennessee residents are hospitable, welcoming and inclusive of diversity and that we have a shared responsibility to treat all our neighbors with respect and decentcy;

  • Uphold the basic principles upon which the United States was founded, establishing equality of all people, including immigrants, endowing them with unalienable rights;

  • Recognize that immigrants are fellow human beings and we reject the use of de-humanizing language;

  • Are committed to raising the level of public discourse concerning immigrants and immigration, so that public policies reflect our highest values; and,

  • Are committed to better understanding the contributions that immigrants make to our state and the effects of immigration on our communities, and to challengeing common myths and stereotypes.