January 27, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY- We are deeply disappointed and troubled by the Executive Order signed by President Trump to suspend the resettlement program, and the presumed intention to institute a restriction on future refugees based on religious affiliations. In the United States we believe in the right to practice religion freely and have a proud legacy of welcoming the stranger regardless of race or religion. We stand with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters as they seek to escape persecution and violence. We hear their plea for refuge from the atrocities of their homeland, and commit ourselves to continuing our support of immigrants and refugees in Utah and abroad.
There are over 20 million refugees worldwide and only 1% are ever resettled. This 1% represents the most heavily vetted and screened of this population, and those who come to the US can spend up to 36 months being reviewed and cleared by authorities.
We also regret the negative impact the Order will have on our local communities and economy. The majority of refugees we resettle become employed within six months of arrival and contribute to our tax base and patronize our local businesses.
We ask you to stand with us in advocating for those who do not have a voice. Contact your local and national representatives to let them know that you oppose any plan that reduces the number of refugees reaching the freedom and safety that the United State of America has long stood for. As President Reagan so eloquently said, America is “still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.” Please stand with us in preserving the legacy of our country and the human rights of those we serve.
About Catholic Community Services of Utah: Catholic Community Services of Utah (CCS) provides help and creates hope for needy families and individuals of all faiths and beliefs along the Wasatch front. The organization operates Refugee Resettlement programs to relocate people fleeing from persecution, Homeless Services programs to help those experiencing homelessness meet their basic needs and get back on their feet, and Northern Utah services to feed the hungry in Northern Utah and help them reach self-sufficiency. Contact CCS at 801-977-9119. For more information visit us at www.ccsutah.org or www.facebook.com/catholiccommunityservicesofutah/.