The city of Boise is a welcoming community made up of a beautifully diverse population. For years, it has served as a safe harbor for refugees, not only as a destination on their long journey to find asylum, but also as a place to call home. The process of resettling in a new country is difficult and involves culture shock, learning a new language, and redefining your entire life.
The stories of the members of our community that have come here as refugees are important and deserve to be voiced. Whether they can tell their story in English, with the help of a translator, or in broken English, we are here to listen to their stories in their purest forms.
Everyone deserves to live in a place free from persecution, violence, and tyranny. Imagine how you would feel if the area where you live was in constant disarray. Wouldn't you want to have the chance for a better life?
Due to hazardous conditions and life-threatening situations in their homeland, they are forced to flee. America offers a safe and accepting environment for refugees to live a more comfortable life. However, America is a union of states, and some states are more apt to open their borders than others.
Since the presidential election of 2016, there have been significant cuts to the refugee admissions ceiling. This year, the administration seems inclined to continue this trend, likely lowering the limit to a historically low 25,000. With ongoing humanitarian crises all over the world, this is devastating news.
The administration’s intentions to limit immigrants coming into the United States seems to be based on xenophobia, with travel bans on most Middle Eastern countries, and enforcing strict immigration laws on the border with Mexico.
There has been a lot of talk about refugees coming into the United States lately, but it can be hard to find out just how many. The numbers of incoming refugees in Idaho have seen significant reductions lately, going from 1,147 from 2015-2016 to just about half from 2016-2017. Still, with the recent reduction of refugees allowed in the country, Idaho takes in a significant number of refugees coming to the United States. Here is the breakdown of refugee arrivals in Idaho, according to the Idaho Office for Refugees.