Twin Falls Refugee Center Opponents Push Ban Forward

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Opponents of a Twin Falls refugee center are pushing forward with a measure to ban similar facilities, despite a county prosecutor calling it unconstitutional.

The Times-News reports Prosecutor Grant Loebs wrote an opinion last week saying no alteration or revision would make the measure constitutional.

He says it encroaches on federal immigration powers, opens the possibility for lengthy litigation over whether it is arbitrary, capricious or discriminatory, and illegally attempts to block future attempts at repeal.

The College of Southern Idaho sponsors the refugee program. The Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center needs to collect 3,842 signatures to get the measure on the ballot in May.

Rick Martin heads the committee and says the measure will allow voters to send the college a message.