Citizenship Ceremony (copy)

Waffe Alwan claps during a June 2018 citizenship ceremony in Boise at Grove Plaza. Alwan was one of 20 refugees that received their citizenship certificates.

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Gov. Brad Little's decision to continue to allow refugee resettlement in Idaho wasn't out of step with his colleagues elsewhere, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. Nineteen Republican governors told the Trump administration in December and January they wanted to keep taking refugees, with just Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asking to opt out.

Not everyone was happy with it. Facebook comments and Twitter replies on Little's accounts quickly filled with people angry at his decision, and hundreds of people contacted his office to express their displeasure. Documents provided in response to a public records request show both the scale of the blowback and his administration's work to present facts to justify the governor's decision.

You can read Brown's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday edition of the Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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