Sandpoint To Vote on Refugees Today
by Bret Roush
Tonight the City of Sandpoint’s Council will vote on the resolution that has made such a stir by basically taking the first step toward becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ in reaction to our County Commissioner’s resolution. Bonner county led the way and other counties are following suit.
The latest poll results on our site show a strong opposition to the city council’s resolution.
Citizens across the state are voicing their opposition to the refugees coming to Idaho. Their voices are getting louder, and their elected officials are listening.
After Bonner County, Kootenai and Boundary counties quickly followed suit.
Lemhi County has joined them in urging the Governor to take a firmer stand to protect our citizens.
Lemhi County approved a resolution to deny any payment of County funds towards the refugee resettlement program being promoted by the Obama administration. This was approved on January 11, 2016.
New Sandpoint Mayor, Shelby Rognstad, appears to want to thwart his constituents, and turn this city into a Sanctuary City. At the initial meeting, the vote was tabled due to the overwhelming response from the citizens.
Over 200 people attended, with most of the people not allowed inside the meeting room. They were forced to stand either in the hallway or outside in the cold. If they chose to speak, they were called in individually, then escorted back outside.
There have been multiple demonstrations around North Idaho, showing viewpoints on both sides of the issue. A recent demonstration in Bonners Ferry drew about 200 people, many from outside of the area.
Whether it is for purely ideological reasons, or for the money that the Federal governement pays to Sanctuary cities, doesn’t seem to matter to the residents of Bonner county and Sandpoint. They do not like this resolution.
We certainly hope that Mayor Rognstad considers the response to his last meeting as he selects the venue for tonight’s meeting. There is certain to be a large turnout. Let’s hope their don’t start yelling about a “Recall” as we heard then.
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