BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Civic leaders in Idaho’s two largest refugee communities voiced concern about President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven countries, even as some lawmakers are expressing cautious support.
Idaho Office for Refugees Director Jay Reeves said refugees in the Boise region are fearful and feel like they’ve been singled out for discriminatory treatment. He said some have family members who were traveling when the order went into effect, and now are unsure if their loved ones will be able to return home to Idaho.
But Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has voiced support for the temporary travel ban, though he is criticizing the way it was implemented.
Labrador, a Republican, said Trump’s order was necessary for national security and public safety. He said the ban was inadequately reviewed and poorly implemented, though, and that could undermine what he believes is otherwise sound policy.