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“Welcoming Idaho” Migrates Throughout the State

February 11, 2008

Boise, ID – New billboards, bus benches and other forms of advertising are letting immigrants know they're welcome in the Gem State. It's part of the "Welcoming Idaho" campaign, designed to counter what organizers have called a "hate campaign" against immigrants, particularly Hispanics.

Kent Thibault with Catholic Charities of Idaho says, while he's heard some negative comments about the campaign, he's encouraged that the issue is being discussed.

"It gets people talking about the issue in a way that is more understanding of our historical past as a country of immigrants."

The Reverend Mauricio Medina in Idaho Falls adds that many churches are involved in the campaign, because they appreciate the immigrant families who are active in their congregations.

"In the Scripture, God tells people, 'Remember that you were once strangers in a foreign land.' So, receive and accept the strangers."

Twin Falls attorney Lisa Barini-Garcia notes the campaign is also about raising awareness of the economic benefits immgrant workers bring.

"Workers, whether they come with documents or without documents, benefit the economy –- they're spending money."

The "Welcoming Idaho" campaign has been underway for three months now; its critics see it as acceptance of illegal immigration, which they believe should not be tolerated.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID