On Sunday MagicValley.com reported on two petition drives being conducted in the Twin Falls area.
TWIN FALLS • Supporters of a ballot measure to ban refugee centers in Twin Falls County have started to gather signatures.
The Twin Falls County Clerk’s office approved the form of the petition on Oct. 5, giving them 180 days — or until early April — to gather the 3,842 signatures they need to get the initiative on the countywide ballot in May.
Rick Martin, the head of the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center and the sponsor of the ballot measure, was gathering signatures outside the U.S. Post Office on Second Avenue West on Wednesday morning. He said their goal is to gather about 4,300 signatures, to make sure they have enough in case some get challenged.
The ballot measure would ban refugee centers anywhere in the county, including within the cities, and would take effect Nov. 1, 2016.
Another group, III Percent of Idaho, is working a petition to get the Governor to shut down refugee resettlement for the whole state. They will hold a rally this coming Sunday. See MagicValley.com for details.
Remember readers that Idaho is a Wilson-Fish state and as such decisions are made between a non-profit group (Jannus Inc, mentioned here) and the UN/US State Department. Neither the Governor, nor other elected officials, will be able to shut it down without first getting rid of the Wilson-Fish status.
Note to activists:
If the Governor is reluctant to do anything (to even speak up), check his campaign contributions and see if he is getting campaign cash from big industries like the one setting up the new meatpacking plant near Boise and Chobani Yogurt near Twin Falls. Both industries are looking for cheap refugee labor to make sure their profit margin is good (your culture, your local economy and your safety be damned!).
For all of you, wherever in the US you are located, be sure to research which industries are working closely with federal resettlement contractors (phony ‘church’ groups) to bring refugees to your community.
Idahoans! You really must focus some attention on your federal representatives, your two US Senators and your two Members of the House. I know, I know, we all think they are a bunch of do-nothings, but you still gotta hound them!
More on Chobani
So let me ask this question: If refugees do not have enough money (or jobs) to get and keep housing without extra help from Chobani, why are we bringing more refugees to Idaho or to America for that matter?
Learn more about Chobani and its Kurdish-American founder in Twin Falls, here.
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