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Flathead Co. Commission voices opposition to possible Syrian refugee resettlement

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About 150 people turned out for Thursday's meeting (MTN News photo/Dax VanFossem) About 150 people turned out for Thursday's meeting (MTN News photo/Dax VanFossem)
KALISPELL -

Flathead County Commissioners will tell the state and national government that they are opposed to the resettling of Syrian Civil War refugees in Northwest Montana. 

This comes after a group of nearly 100 residents crowded the Flathead County Commissioner's chambers early this morning to share their opinions about accepting war refugees into the county. 

Commissioners had already drafted a letter opposing resettlement before the meeting. 

County Commission chair Pam Holmquist asked residents to keep their comments to a minimum to allow as many people as possible to speak their opinions. 

Many people were adamantly against bringing refugees to the county. 

The letter that all three Flathead Commissioner's approved will be sent to Governor Steve Bullock as well as the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in Washington DC.


Folks were up bright and early Thursday morning to pack a meeting room in Kalispell.

Flathead County commissioners were considering drafting a letter to voice their concerns about the possibility of Syrian refugees being resettled in Northwest Montana.

The Flathead County Commission said in the letter that they "can not support the relocation of refugees without a legitimate vetting process and an analysis of refugee impacts to our local community."

Approximately 150 people turned out for the meeting, which began at 8:30 a.m., with about 20 addressing the commissioners on the controversial issue.

The commissioners unanimously voted to approve sending the letter at Thursday's standing room only meeting. Just last month a similar letter was sent off to Washington, DC by commissioners in Ravalli Country.

Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters of the possible resettlement of refugees marched through Missoula earlier this month.

We will more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

- information from Dax VanFossen included in this report.

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