Update October 9th: Local paper confirms—no refugees to N. Idaho for now. However, great additional information here.
Important Update October 8th: World Relief Spokane has notified us that they have NO PLANS to resettle refugees in Northern Idaho, see here.
Update October 3rd: Readers I am traveling so not much time to post, however, wanted to mention that this post has gone through the roof in the last 24 hours! Who knows why, but hopefully the citizens of St. Maries and Coeur d’Alene are passing it around! Reminds me to tell you to read ‘Ten things your town needs to know’ by clicking here.
People ask me all the time—how do I know if my town is targeted? I tell them, sorry, you will get no public announcement until plans are well underway, but if you watch very closely, you may see something that will tip you off!
Back in August we asked if St. Maries, Idaho was going to be a new resettlement site. Now, reader Barbara directs our attention to this tiny mention in a local church bulletin (Grace Bible Church, September 27 bulletin).
This is likely all the notice the communities near Coeur d’Alene will get (St. Marie’s is close by) and they wouldn’t even get this if Barbara hadn’t spotted it!
World Relief has been helping refugees settle in Spokane and would like to involve Coeur d’Alene as well. If you are interested in learning more about how you could be involved in such a ministry, please see Paul. Thanks!
Regular readers know that it is World Relief (Evangelicals!), one of nine major federal contractors calling the shots about the future of your towns and cities (see here), that opened an office in Spartanburg, SC this year which is embroiled in controversy since a ‘Pocket of Resistance’ has developed there. See all of our posts on Spartanburg by clicking here.
World Relief has an office in Spokane (here), Washington and Coeur d’Alene is only about 35 miles away making it an excellent spillover site (within the US State Department’s magic 100 mile radius for resettlement).
Everyone reading this post who wishes to find out if your town could be next to be colonized (because frankly they don’t have enough sites for the thousands of Syrians and additional Africans they plan to resettle in FY2016 which, by the way, began yesterday), go to first this list of resettlement subcontractors and see this map. If one of these offices is anywhere near you, you are fair game!
People ask me all the time, what the legend is on the map. The abbreviations for the nine major contractors are represented in the legend.
So back to Northern Idaho—you have early notice now that they have plans for your towns! What will concerned citizens do?
We have an extensive archive on the conflict over refugee resettlement in Twin Falls, click here. To learn more about what citizens are doing there, visit those posts.
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