Hot Potato: Idaho
In Boise, Idaho, the capital and most populous city of the state once known for good potatoes, refugees are still being shuffled in, despite the gloomy economy and current lack of local jobs for the population already in place. Three very active and lucrative "refugee resettlement" agencies and a community which has been conditioned to regard "diversity" as a blessing insure it. Now even their potatoes look browner!
Good natured Boise was one of 350 cities that absorbed about 6,000 of the 131,000 Vietnamese refugees the United States admitted after the fall of Saigon in 1975 who they have since bred. From 1999 to 2009, at least 12,000 to 15,000 more refugees have been "resettled" in Idaho, more than 5,500 of them in Boise, according to the Idaho Office for Refugees. They come from 40 different, largely Muslim, countries, giving the city three mosques and at least five "hookah bars" (no, not "hooker", although they probably have a few places where the veil is dropped) where men gather to smoke water pipes.
"New Americans" in Boise include those initially from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, then briefly some white refugees from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine as a result of the Cold War, then more recently those from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bhutan, Burma and Iraq. The largest groups are currently from Uzbekistan and Somalia. More than 1,000 of the darker breed of refugees were resettled (plunked) in Idaho in the last year. They came with little or no money or resources, were instantly put on welfare and did not speak English
Between 1998 and 2007, Boise's population increased 27%, part of it due to migrating whites from within the US hoping for a better life. In 2007, there was an estimated white population of 92%, 2.08% Asian, 4.53% Hispanic and a smattering of other races. One third of Boise's population had a Bachelor's degree or higher. It has since darkened and dumbed down.
The "Idaho Office for Refugees" administers the state's federally-funded refugee resettlement program, a program which has given birth to a myriad of mini-bureaucracies and grant mongering schemes for "new Americans", among them the "Agency for New Americans" which provides direct "resettlement services" to Boise area refugees, the "English Language Center" which conducts English language instruction, the "Community Gardens of Boise" which creates community gardens in neighborhoods where refugees reside, META (Micro Enterprise Training and Assistance) which provides loans, consulting and other resources to refugees, and "Achieving Self Sufficiency Through Education, Training, and Saving" (ASSETS) "Individual Development Accounts" (IDA) which is a program that matches money a refugee saves for the purpose of purchasing a house, pursuing post-secondary education or starting a small business.
Union jobs are the only ones that seem to be growing: More bureaucrats are finding work nannying the refugees, more heath care workers are needed and more public school teachers are required as well. The percentage of low income students in the Boise District has increased since 1990 by about one third. The percentage of White students has declined gradually and although the fastest growing ethnic group is Hispanic, the "Limited English Proficient (LEP) subpopulation" is the fastest growing in the Boise school district. In the early 1990's, Boise's population of LEP students was less than 100; it topped 2,000 in 2005-06. It took a pseudo-fall to 1,847 since because of the state's "reclassification of LEP qualifying criteria" in 2006-07 (in other words, the wording was played with to minimize the impact). LEP students make up about 7.4% of the district's student population.
More police have been hired as well (but of course it was for "other reasons" aside from the new, poor refugee population). In September, 2009, when Idaho State Police seized 359 pounds of an African drug called khat (popular within the Somali, Ethiopian and Yemeni cultures according to the U.S. Department of Justice) in Idaho for the first time, they said it was no big deal: "It isn't something you are going to pick up at middle school", Idaho State Police Maj. Dan Thornton said. No, Major Dan... Middle schoolers would never experiment with strange drugs. There couldn't be a "down side" to diversity, right?
Speaking of crime and goats.... yes, goats seem to be a recurring theme...Goat ain't just for breakfast anymore. Let's revisit Maine. Last February, Federal agents raided the Arhalal Market, a local grocery owned by R. Abdi and Rahima Youssuf in Little Mogandishu (formerly Lewiston), Maine and took away several boxes of icky things. A former worker at the store witnessed the store's owner cutting up chickens and goats in an adjacent garage with a band saw and selling the meat. Apparently no Maine farmers slaughter goats according to Muslim Halal rules (damn their blue yankee eyes!), which include calming the animals before slaughter, using a sharp knife to cut the animal's throat and saying a prayer to Allah at the moment of the animal's death. Yummy.
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