Utah is a state of immigrants. Nearly 17% of its residents are immigrants or their children, and many other residents have family histories rooted in the same sorts of stories these people bring with them- persecution and fear behind them, hope and opportunity ahead, with blistered feet, calloused hands, and the determination to bear whatever burdens they must to make their hope a reality.
Concern for security does not excuse our duty to humanity. Our state government has a responsibility to welcome warmly those who arrive here, and to reject the politics of fear and division that betray Utah’s character. Today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s pioneers.