National Media Quotes

McKanders talks Syrian refugee resettlement with Mother Jones

Karla McKanders, associate professor of law and director of the UT Law Immigration Clinic, recently spoke to Mother Jones about a joint resolution working its way through the Tennessee General Assembly that would order the state’s attorney general to sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program for Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war. McKanders told the publication that “it is unlikely that any federal judge would allow the state to deny entry to refugees … Once refugees are legally admitted into the United States, they are free to live wherever they like—just like any other US resident.”

Read the full article at Mother Jones, Sarah Rathod, Tennessee Republicans Are Gearing Up to Sue the Government Over Syrian Refugees (March 2016).


Reuters article, Immigrants Face Major Hurdles in Signing Up to New Obama Plan (November 2014).

Ben Waldron, Homeschooling German Family Fights Deportation, ABC News (March 2013).

Sam Bollier, German Homeschoolers Fight for Asylum in US, Al-Jazeera (March 2013).

Featured Story in USA Today, Scholarships Come with Inspiration, (October 2005).


State of Tennessee and Local Media

Featured in WBIR, Knoxville NBC Affiliate, Governors' call to ban Syrian refugees 'a constitutional question' (November 17, 2015).

Featured in WATE, Knoxville ABC Affiliate, Tennessee Senate Leaders Want Hearings Consider Bills on Syrian Immigration (November 17, 2015).

Featured in WBIR, Knoxville NBC Affiliate, UT Professor Questions Trump Immigration Plan (August 21, 2015).

Featured in WBIR, Knoxville NBC Affiliate, President’s Immigration Plan Could Impact Families in East Tennessee (November 20, 2014).

Quoted in Knoxville News Sentinel Article, Waiting for Answers: Knox’s Undocumented Immigrants Hope for Action (November 17, 2014).

WATE, ABC Affiliate, Knox County Experts Weigh in on Illegal Immigration Laws, (April 2010).

Quoted in Tennessean, At Least Three Immigrants Seek Asylum in Tennessee, Nashville, TN (August 2009).


Opinion Editorials

Karla McKanders, Op-ed, Renewing Violence Against Women Act would Protect All, KnoxNews Sentinel (April 2012).


Forty under 40: Salute to rising stars, Knoxville News Sentinel, January 2014

Selected from over 300 nominees by the Knoxville Business Journal  as one of the 2014 Top 40 under 40 emerging leaders. The honor highlights individuals younger than 40 who are leaving their mark on East Tennessee through their professional achievements and philanthropic efforts. 
Karla McKanders Featured Profile