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Proposed TN Bill Would Set Higher Bail For Undocumented Immigrants

By Amanda Peterson Beadle  

"Proposed TN Bill Would Set Higher Bail For Undocumented Immigrants"

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A GOP legislator in Tennessee has introduced a bill that would set bail at a higher amount for undocumented immigrants involved in serious or fatal car crashes. State Rep. Joe Carr’s bill would automatically treat them as a flight risk and make it harder for an undocumented immigrant to be free on bond before a trial. “I’m trying to make it more difficult for those who are here illegally to jump bond, so they appear in court,” Carr told the Tennessean. But a civil rights attorney in Tennessee said Carr’s bill would conflict with state law that sets specific criteria for what constitutes a flight risks — as well as the Eighth Amendment. “An individual’s bail must be set on an individualized basis,” said Jerry Gonzalez. “It cannot be based on some broad principle that is supposedly applied to everybody.”

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