Despite resistance by Idaho’s top political leaders, 118 Syrian refugees have moved to the Gem State since last Oct. 1, all of them settling in Boise, according to new data from the State Department. It saddens me that the states fall victim to Washington D.C. strong arm tactics. Even though the states know the danger immigration brings, I can assume it is the threat of monies allocated to the state being cutoff is the threat.
While the resettlement effort got off to a slow start, the Obama administration has now exceeded its goal of taking in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30, the end of the government’s fiscal year.Washington state admitted 150 of the refugees, most of them landing in Spokane and Seattle.But no state took in more Syrian refugees than California, with 1,300. San Diego accepted more than half of them, or 690, while Sacramento ranked second among cities, with 240.In Idaho, Syrians make up more than 11 percent of the 1,048 refugees who’ve moved to the state from all countries this fiscal year.
The lead story in the article is what it is to keep most from disagreeing and being called every “phobia” out there. This is not the norm but the exception, we see it every where in every state. The states have to have some say in this situations such as this without being held hostage by the administration. What do you think?