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Eye On Boise refugees archive

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

SUNDAY, OCT. 1, 2017


FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 2017


MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017


MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. Butch Otter, meets with clergy and faith leaders in the governor's office (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Clergy, faith leaders press Otter on refugee stance 

Nearly 30 Idaho clergy and faith representatives filled Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office on Wednesday urging the Republican to welcome all refugees and not just give preference to persecuted Christians. Otter recently said that Christian refugees should be treated as a priority in the U.S. refugee program...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, left, and co-host Melissa Davlin, right, on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television (Idaho Public Television)

Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority 18 

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he agrees with President Donald Trump that persecuted Christians should be treated as priority in the U.S. refugee program despite acknowledging that such preference is discriminatory. "It is," Otter said during an interview on Idaho Public Television's Idaho Reports. "(But) we want a safe country." Otter...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016


Labrador: Refugee concern is about safety, not religion 

A constituent wearing a “Promise Keepers” shirt questioned Rep. Raul Labrador today about allowing Muslim refugees into the United States, saying he read the Koran after the 9/11 attacks, and then quoting extensively from it, including, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.” Labrador had this...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

U.S. Attorney urges calm in Twin Falls case 14 

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson has issued a statement about the June 2 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl involving three other children at a low-income apartment complex in Twin Falls that led to false stories, circulated nationally on the internet, about a supposed knifepoint...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

False story on social media claims Syrian refugees raped Idaho girl 91 

A story circulating on social media and anti-Muslim and conspiracy-oriented websites is falsely claiming that three young Syrian refugees raped a young girl at knifepoint at an apartment complex in Twin Falls that supposedly is the site where about 50 Syrian refugees had been resettled – when in fact, no Syrian refugees have been resettled...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

Few Idaho lawmakers attend Statehouse talk by Hadian, Holton 

Fewer than 20 of Idaho’s 105 lawmakers attended a Statehouse presentation Thursday night on refugee resettlement featuring two anti-Islam speakers, as close to 100 protesters lined the hallway outside the meeting, carrying signs saying, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” and “Refugees Welcome.” The Rev. Shahram...

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Christopher Holton speaks at the Idaho Capitol about his view of the threat from Jihad (Betsy Z. Russell)

Holton: 'It's plain as day' 

The Rev. Shahram Hadian introduced Christopher Holton, vice president of the Center for Security Policy, who told tonight’s audience in the Lincoln Auditorium it was his first trip to Idaho. “I wish that I was here for a more pleasant reason,” Holton said. “I go...

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The Rev. Shahram Hadian addresses a crowd in the Idaho Capitol Auditorium on Thursday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Hadian: 'We're here to present information' 

“We want to thank everyone for coming,” the Rev. Shahram Hadian said, opening his presentation in the Lincoln Auditorium tonight. “We’re here tonight because, at the request of citizens from Idaho who asked us to be able to present this information here at the Capitol,...

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