In a 5-to-2 vote Monday, the Twin Falls City Council decided to label the community a “Neighborly City.”
In the run-up to the decision, the city council heard more than three hours of public comment at meetings over the last month.
The “Neighborly City” label is a tamer version of declarations other cities have made calling themselves either “Welcoming” or “Sanctuary Cities” where federal immigration law is either downplayed or outright flouted.
The Times News reports the public supported the resolution to make Twin Falls a "Neighborly City" – around 75 to 80 percent of public comments on the measure were favorable. Under the proposal, Twin Falls declares itself to be a place “where all residents are welcomed, accepted, and given the opportunity to connect with each other without bias in pursuit of common goals.”
City Councilman Greg Lanting said he viewed the statement as a rebuttal to portrayals of Twin Falls in some media as a bigoted place. Right-wing news outlets have fixated on refugee resettlement in the community and have falsely claimed the massive Chobani yogurt plant – which employs a number of refugees – is responsible for a spike in crime and disease in the community.
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