We have roughly 60,000 refugees in Utah. 1,200 new refugees arrive annually, most of which are trying to unite with family members already here. According to this article in the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday, at least 64 refugees that were planning to seek refuge in Utah next month — many of whom had flights booked and background checks completed — have been halted. Another 23 pending cases were on the cusp of completion.
This is just the beginning of the fallout from Trump’s executive orders on refugees, with relocation of approved refugees, pending applications of thousands more and any future refugee applications all grinding to a screeching stop.
STILL we don’t have strong statements from a single member of Utah’s congressional delegation condemning this unAmerican and unconstitutional act. Let’s keep the pressure on! In the meantime, here’s what else we can do:
CALL TO ACTION
- Support the SL County Council’s Refugee Resolution TODAY – Come show your support for the Salt Lake County Council’s resolution in support of refugees at their 4pm council meeting. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 1st floor of the North Building at the County Government Center, 2100 South State Street, Salt Lake.
- Join the “Mormons March for Muslims“ at the Salt Lake City Temple, Saturday 2/4, 12:00-2:00p, to show that our community is one of love and that we will not turn away our Muslim brothers and sisters when many would have them feel unwanted. This march goes from Temple Square to the State Capitol building.
- Join the “Utah March for Refugees” at the Wallace Bennet Federal Building, 125 S. State Street in Salt Lake City on Saturday 2/4, 12:00-2:00p, to march in solidarity with refugees. This march also ends at the State Capitol with an indoor refugee-led program to follow at 12:30p.
- Check out Change.org’s growing list of petitions on the Muslim ban (56 petitions and counting so far) to oppose Trump’s executive orders, currently trending on our Petitions, Petitions! page.
- Read this insightful commentary from Boston College Historian, Heather Cox Richardson, on how the Muslim/refugee ban is a “shock event” to gain a broader perspective on what is actually in the works with Trump’s executive orders.
- Check out local refugee organizations to support and many other actions you can take in yesterday’s post, “11 Ways to STOP Trump’s ban on Muslims and refugees“