Ada County commissioners announced Friday they would not place a question before voters in the May primary regarding refugee resettlement programs.
A group calling itself "Members of the Treasure Valley Citizens to End Refugee Resettlement" contacted the Ada County Commission in February, asking that their cause be the center of a ballot initiative during the May 17 primary election. The organization requested the following question be placed on the ballot: "Do you support the tax-funded refugee resettlement programs in Ada County?"
Ada County commissioners said Friday that after several meetings, phone calls and email exchanges with the anti-refugee resettlement group, they turned down the request.
“Immigration is a federal issue and all decisions must take place at a national level,” Ada County Commissioner Jim Tibbs wrote in a letter to the group. “The Ada County commissioners do not have the authority to make changes on a national level.”
Commissioners encouraged the group to take up their concerns with Idaho's congressional delegation.
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