Twin Falls, Idaho, looks like it’s well on its way to becoming a culturally diverse population, whether current residents like it or not.
The community is to receive approximately 300 Syrian refugees over the next three years beginning Oct.1.
However, those numbers could be much larger across the state and include refugees from not only Syria, but Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo and perhaps Somalia.
News of the increased number of refugees surfaced after a recent conference held at Boise State University for community leaders and other “stakeholders.”
The number of refugees mentioned at the conference was a total of “about 2,000 over the next one to three years, with 70 percent going to Boise and 30 percent in the Twin Falls area,” according to reports.
However, screening Syrians is proving to be a difficult task “due to the ongoing civil war there between warring Islamic factions.”
To make matters even worse, Michael Steinbach, FBI deputy assistant director of counter-terrorism, says it’s “virtually impossible to screen refugees from a ‘failed state’ like Syria, where the U.S. does not have boots on the ground and does not have access to reliable police or intelligence records.”
While refugees have been entering Idaho since 1995, Hadian said the “continued influx of Muslim immigrants, if not tempered soon, will have disastrous results for America.”
“Most of the Christian charities that help resettle refugees… do not share the gospel with Muslims or consider this a part of their work,” he said.
Hadian believes the best way for churches to interact with Muslims is to provide a clear message of the gospel along with aid.
Hadian’s concern is real, as dozens of Somali refugees in Minnesota left the country to fight for terrorist organizations and others have been convicted of providing support to terrorists overseas.
In another instance in Utah, a Muslim refugee from Uzbekistan was indicted on terrorism charges for allegedly teaching other Muslim refugees to build bombs that would “target public transportation and military bases.”
With such reports, it’s easy to see why there should be concern for bringing such a large number of refugees into the country.