I full-heartedly support what our state is doing for refugees. It's great.
But to compare them to our original pioneers in making Utah blossom like a rose
is too much of a stretch. Comparisons are very minimal.First of all,
the real pioneers pushed handcarts over 2000 miles over untraveled wilderness.
These refugees flew here in air-conditioned jets. The real pioneers almost
starved the first few years here before getting established. Entitlement
programs keep these refugees housed and well fed from day one. And
lastly, the real pioneers had to build irrigation reservoirs and dig miles and
miles of big ditches... all by hand, in order to make Utah "blossom like a
rose". These refugees need only to learn English, and at their own pace.
Overall... it's not much of a real comparison at all.