- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Republican officials in eastern Idaho say they oppose a plan to build a community college because it might lead to a new refugee resettlement center in the region.

The Post Register (https://bit.ly/2oS93qT ) reports the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee approved a resolution last week that called the project unnecessary and contrary to the GOP platform.

The committee’s opposition comes at a time when Bonneville County residents are slated to decide if they want to fund a new community college this May.

GOP official Larry Lyon says the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls helped pave the way to launch a federally-funded refugee resettlement center, which has attracted growing criticism from far-right and anti-immigration groups.

Lyon added it’s unclear what “weird stuff” the college might do if it’s built.

Currently, Idaho has refugee resettlement centers in Boise and Twin Falls.

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Information from: Post Register, https://www.postregister.com

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