way to go Butch!
Idaho joining 16 other states refusing to take any refugees from Syria.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GOVERNOR OTTER CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO HALT REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT EFFORT
(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter called on President Obama today
to halt the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program until the vetting process
for all foreigners crossing U.S. borders is fully reviewed and state
concerns about the program are addressed.
“It makes no sense under the best of circumstances for the United
States to allow people into our country who have the avowed desire to
harm our communities, our institutions and our people,” Governor Otter
said. “The savage and senseless ISIS-driven attacks in Paris illustrate
the essential inhumanity of terrorism and make it clearer than ever that
we must make protecting our homeland from this threat our primary
In a letter to President Obama, the Governor urged him to join in shouldering the “shared priority” of safety for American citizens.
“While I understand that immigration and refugee resettlement are
authorized under federal law, I am duty-bound to do whatever I can to
protect the people of Idaho from harm,” Governor Otter wrote. “Instead
of Congress rubber-stamping this program each year, we ask that you and
Congress work with states and governors to thoroughly review this
process and how states are affected.”
Meantime, he vowed to “use any legal means available to me to protect the citizens I serve.”
“It is my desire, and should be your goal, to reassure the people of
Idaho that their views are respected and that consideration is given to
enabling states to opt out of the refugee resettlement program,” wrote
Governor Otter, who is traveling to Las Vegas on Tuesday for a
Republican Governors Association meeting and will discuss the issue with