Obama Administration Has Resettled Forty-Six Refugees in Montana Despite Local Opposition

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President Barack Obama’s administration has resettled 46 refugees in Missoula, Mont., since August, according to the Department of State’s interactive website. Local opposition to the influx of refugees has been loud and vocal, but the Obama administration and the local voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) who are being paid to settle the refugees appear indifferent to what the majority of Montana residents prefer. Instead, they appear to be responding to the political leadership of Missoula County, home to the University of Montana. It is the second most populous county in the state with 109,000 residents, and one of only six counties in Montana that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Trump defeated Clinton in the state by a 56 percent to 36 percent margin, but in Missoula County, Hillary Clinton won  by a 53 percent to 37 percent margin. The Missoulian reported that “Missoula County commissioners touched off a firestorm when they sent a letter to the U.S. State Department last winter saying they’d welcome the resettlement of 100 refugees a year to deal with the worldwide crisis, which has reached proportions not seen since the aftermath of World War II.” Outside of Missoula County and Democratic Governor Steve Bullock, there is strong