Faith leaders are encouraging the Boise community to come together in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. “Red or blue, victory or not, we need each other,” Rev. Sara LaWall, of Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, told the Boise Weekly. And welcoming communities all across America are celebrating the election of Ilhan Omar, a former refugee elected to the House of Representatives in Minnesota. As Boise and the U.S. continue to welcome and support the immigrants and refugees that help make our economy and community stronger, Welcoming America offers suggestions for how people can be welcoming in their schools and communities.
PRI’s The World recently featured Boise’s welcoming spirit in a series of stories about Dustin Robinson (dedicated refugee liaison for the Boise Police Department), Asmaa Albukaie (Idaho’s first Syrian refugee), and Global Talent Idaho, the local non-profit helping highly-skilled refugees navigate the job search and credentialing in the United States.
Many Idahoans already recognize the economic and cultural benefit of refugees for our state, and have voiced support for Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani yogurt, recently criticized for “being a good person” and for the large employment and economic gains he is bringing to Idaho. Republican Gov. C.L “Butch” Otter said, “The kind of success that Chobani is experiencing in the Magic Valley is setting a great example of regional collaboration between employers and community leaders throughout Idaho and it has economic development leaders all over America standing up and taking notice of what Idaho has to offer.” The mayor of Twin Falls also supports Chobani, especially as plans to build a $100 million research and development center move forward in Twin Falls.
If you would like to continue the tradition of welcoming new neighbors to Idaho, check out the Neighbors United Facebook page, watch the City of Boise’s video about how welcoming immigrants and refugees changes lives and makes our community stronger, and get involved today.
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