Oral arguments Tuesday in Tennessee lawmakers’ refugee case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Attorneys for Tennessee lawmakers are headed to court in an appeal of their dismissed lawsuit against the federal government over the refugee resettlement program.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel is slated to hear the oral arguments Tuesday morning in Cincinnati.

The March 2017 lawsuit argued the refugee program is forcing Tennessee to spend money on additional services, including health care and education.

A March 2018 ruling deemed it speculative for Tennessee to contend it might lose $7 billion annually in federal Medicaid money if it refuses to spend state money on refugee services through Medicaid.

The Thomas More Law Center says it’s working the Republican-led General Assembly’s case for free.

Neither Attorney General Herbert Slatery nor then-Republican Gov. Bill Haslam backed the lawsuit.

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