Earlier this month, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said it won’t detain anyone being released from jail without a warrant or probable cause because the county attorney advised that the new law doesn’t apply to them. But it will keep notifying federal authorities when noncitizens are booked.
This announcement prompted top Tennessee Republicans to declare the county wasn’t following the law. However, Lee is going a step further by assigning his legal team to look into the matter.
Lee, a Republican, is scheduled to be sworn in Saturday.