Idaho Refugee Program Faces Opposition From Activist Group

Jun 30, 2015

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Conservative activists are calling for the College of Southern Idaho to remove its refugee program following concerns over the influx of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in south-central Idaho later this fall.

The Times-News reports that the group formed after college officials announced in April that 300 refugees were expected to resettle in Idaho at the start of the new federal fiscal year. Many of the refugees will possibly come from Syria, leading some community members to speculate they could be radical Muslims.

Just how many refugees come to Idaho and from which countries will be decided by the federal government. However, resettlement officials have maintained that all incoming refugees undergo extensive background checks.

The community college's Refugee Center has resettled roughly 5,000 people since the 1980s.