Opponents of the College of Southern Idaho's Refugee Center want to take their opposition to the voting booth.
Since the 1980s, the Refugee Center has aided approximately 5,000 refugees with resettlement, employment, English language classes and social services. However, a group calling itself the Committee to End the CSI Refugee Center said in early July that CSI should divest itself of the the program.
This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports the group has filed a petition with the Twin Falls County prosecuting attorney's office calling for a ballot measure to ban the center. The Times-News reports only 20 signatures were needed to get a proposed initiative reviewed. To actually get on the ballot, organizers would need nearly 3,800 signatures—approximately 20 percent of those Twin Falls County voters who cast ballots in the most recent general election.
Twin Falls Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs wouldn't comment on the matter other than to say his office had 10 days to give a legal opinion on the proposed initiative.