State of Idaho Archives: on Foreign Policy

Michael Crapo: Vet refugees to keep out terrorists, but other Muslims ok

Sen Michael Crapo (R) said he disagrees with banning people from the country based either on their religion or on their country of origin, both of which have been proposed at times by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he stressed, there is legitimate concern about whether terrorists are able to make it into the U.S. through refugee resettlement, and the federal government needs to address it. "The solution is to resolve the vetting issue," Crapo said.

Sturgill said he has worked with refugees who contribute to society and the economy and said he supports the inclusive views toward immigrants and refugees espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which both Sturgill and Crapo are members. Sturgill said he would oppose closing our borders based on fear. "It's inconsistent with my belief, it's inconsistent with the church's position, and we should continue to be that kind of beacon to the world that we've been historically," he said.

Source: Twin Falls Times-News on 2016 Idaho Senate race Aug 11, 2016

Jim Risch: Call on Iran to release those imprisoned for Christianity

Senator Jim Risch praised the unanimous support for passage of his resolution calling on the government of Iran to immediately release Pastor Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, a pastor and resident of Boise, was seized by the Iranian government in 2012 and has been sentenced to eight years in prison for allegedly spreading Christianity. He was in Iran visiting family and working to build orphanages. The Resolution:

    Resolved, that the Senate--
  1. recognizes that freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of every individual
  2. governments have a responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens; and
  3. calls on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.
    Source: Risch press release on 2014 Idaho Senate race Nov 15, 2013

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