Bhutanese family among last refugee arrivals in Salt Lake as order takes effect

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  • EilifTheLost Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 1, 2017 11:42 a.m.

    The_Whales_Blowhole: Immigrants from Bhutan -- or anywhere else -- are indeed affected, as the order suspends the refugee admissions program (with a few exceptions) for 120 days.

    DN Subscriber: I don't see any falsehoods in the story. Ms. Cortez' reporting appears to be accurate. I recognize that parts of the story may be misleading, but I do not believe this is intentional on Ms. Cortez' part. People from Bhutan are not banned from entering the United States; however, the refugee admissions program has been suspended, affecting "refugees" coming from any country, including Bhutan. Details do matter.

    In any case, I think Ms. Cortez could have explained how the executive order affects or could have affected this family from Bhutan or any other refugees, as there is indeed much misinformation out there, particularly among the hysteria of the left. That would have resulted in a better, more informative article.

  • Dawn22 Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 10:45 a.m.

    There is no conflict in Bhutan. It ended in the 90s.

    Forget all the terrorism arguements. Why do we have to pay for these people to come have "better lives" here?

    They are not under threat. Isis isn't chopping off Bhutanese heads, and the US isn't even bombing them.
    I can't see why it's our job to cover the tab for these folks.

    If they want a better life, then they should have one. But they need to build it themselves, just like our pioneer ancestors did.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 7:13 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber - you're right, there is more truth to be told on this issue.

    For example, 3 nations that seem to fit the same criteria as the 7 nations covered in Trump's Executive Order are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Nearly all of the 9-11 hijackers were from this group.

    Why weren't these nations included in the Executive Order?

    Official sources aren't revealing the reason - nobody in the State Department, the Defense Department or our Intelligence services seems to have been notified of (much less consulted) about the EO - but...

    ...all three of these nations have Trump properties.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 7:06 a.m.

    Just wondering what conflict caused them to become a refugee? Not much in the news about this. Surely not impacted by ISIS.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 7:03 a.m.

    Bhutan is not even a Muslim nation. There is no war there that I know of. It is a Buddhist nation and their refugees are welcome. I will say maybe we do not have an unlimited capacity to take in refugees. Some people think we should adjust to those we have. The concern for the 7 countries who many other Arab nations will not admit either, is that there are many fundamental Muslims there and they are terrorists, and we fear they will slip in. Moreover many have various diseases such as tuberculosis which could spread among many.

  • The_Whales_Blowhole Tooele, UT
    Feb. 1, 2017 6:20 a.m.

    This article's title is a little misleading. Immigrants from Bhutan world not be impacted by Trump's order in any way. If you're going to invoke it, DNews, at least be honest.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 31, 2017 9:13 p.m.

    Details matter.

    Before all the anti-Trump hysterics begin, note that his ban is on people coming from seven (7) countries. Bhutan is not one of them, so this family would not be treated any differently if they arrived last week or next week.

    Telling only half the story is not the same as telling the whole truth.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2017 8:52 p.m.

    I hope that refugees that made it here will be appreciative of the opportunity they have in America especially when the door has been shut for so many others. If we can deport the criminals perhaps people that aren't can be allowed in to replace them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 31, 2017 8:04 p.m.

    There's a large and successful Bhutanese community in Alberta; hopefully more of them can now go there now that trump is closing America.