- TIRRC has won one of the 2008 National Council of La Raza/Ford Motor Company Affiliate of the Year Awards.
- Due in large part to the efforts of TIRRC and its allies on Capitol Hill, Tennessee was the only southern state that didn't pass anti-immigrant legislation this year (more here).
- TIRRC's Welcoming Tennessee Initiative is the model for similar initiatives in 13 other states, including Welcoming Massachusetts and Welcoming Idaho, and also a newly formed Welcoming America initiative.
Tim Chávez also posts about the event here. Chávez repeats Charles Bone's comment from the podium that among the 500+ present, around 200 were hearing about TIRRC for the first time, having come specifically to support honoree Johnny Hayes.