Jackie Biskupski: We have a chance to make a difference for refugees living in Utah

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  • rexwhitmer ELFRIDA, AZ
    April 12, 2018 8:54 p.m.

    Helping refugee's is a Federal thing. They alone have the authority to grant refuge to refugee's. Granting refuge willy nilly to anyone who tells an unauthorized person without that authority makes that person into a person going far beyond his or her authority. There is a process to determine whether a person is in reality a refugee, and claiming that authority is actually putting the aggravator in an unlawful situation, which in other times would have been an impeachable offense. The USA is nationally facing a terrible tragic situation these days due to an illegally elected president who has opened the gates to literally millions of people whom do not as apparently this young man does have any desire to assimilate, and thus puts this person in a situation where he COULD be returned to his country.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2018 10:23 p.m.

    Bless you, Mayor Biskupski, for caring about the refugees. It reflects a goodness in your soul to care about other people. May we help them all we can.

  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    April 11, 2018 9:51 p.m.

    Great message, Jackie! This is something we can all support. What an important cause.

  • franc Kirkland, WA
    April 11, 2018 6:45 p.m.

    The mayor of SLC is NOT a UN Ambassador. She was elected to take care of the (many) problems facing SLC. I am sorry for refugees but not sorry enough to change our own state and cities to accommodate them. So, please, Jackie, take of the problems of those who are RESIDENTS.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:06 a.m.

    IMO Refugees should not be forced to live in shelters or slums. If we accept them, we owe them the same life we have. They are not sub-human, or 2nd-class citizens.

    Refugees take up part of our immigration quota for that country. I think that's what President Trump was getting at when he suggested increasing the immigration quota for countries with highly educated populations (Norway, Sweden, etc) instead of increasing the quota of uneducated and people in poverty (includes some refugees).

    I think he wanted to bring in more people who are educated and ready for high-tech, high-pay jobs in America. And less people who are only qualified to work at 7/11 or Uber.

    America bringing in tons of refugees destined for welfare and slums... is a mistake. We need to attract people who are educated and ready to work and support themselves.

    I know that sounds harsh. But it's reality.

    The more people we bring in that don't know the language (which limits their job possibilities) and don't have a college education (which limits them), and no skills (which limits them)... kinda destines them for our slums or shelters. We need to be careful about how many we invite to come to Utah.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 7:59 a.m.

    jackie chases the next dangling light, you know the one that gets her the most attention. This is not her responsibility. Politicians love to involve themselves in things that they weren't elected to do. How long until she is out and the great liberal citizens replace with another of the same ilk?

  • Parallax45 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 7:01 a.m.

    It costs 80% less to host a refugee in shelters located within their region of origin vs supporting them in the pricey United States.

    In Utah, especially now that housing is at a premium and school resources are strained, the 'refugee' policy needs to be substantially revamped if not entirely replaced by in-region methods.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 10, 2018 6:31 a.m.

    Maybe Utah should not import refugees and focus on their illegal problem.

    It would be money better spent.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 9, 2018 8:42 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    At no point in this opinion piece does Jackie once talk about granting amnisty or does she advocate breaking the law. At no point does she state any authority to change immigration laws. She does talk about reaching out to refugees that came here by legal means and about actively reaching out to our congressman to encourage them to do more to stop the genocide happening in Myanmar. If you can’t despite her passed on her actual argument maybe it’s tome to rethink your opposition.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2018 7:27 p.m.

    Ms. Mayor- Check the sign on your door, and you will find that the mayor of Salt Lake City's job does not include anything on policies for refugees.

    However, you should be setting the example and demanding that ALL immigrants in your city be here legally, and anyone here illegally needs to be returned to their country of origin. Then, go ahead and help those in your city legally as much as you and your tax dollars permit, while not ignoring the need to handle lots of less "progressive" problems like keeping the roads paved, trash collected, cops on the beat, and crooks in jail.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 9, 2018 12:55 p.m.

    RE: "We have a chance to make a difference for refugees living in Utah"...
    Seems a little hypocritical, Jackie Biskupski lecturing and pointing the finger at others for treatment of refugees living in Utah.

    How about homeless refugees living in SLC?

    Refugees who are citizens of the United States, who's only crime is they fell on hard times and are now homeless and struggling to live in SLC. They are refugees in a way.

    Jackie Biskupski is the mayor of Salt Lake City, and worked very hard to get the aid facilities for these homeless refugees removed from her city, and these US citizens run out of her town. While setting up a sanctuary city for anybody in the country illegally, and refugees from other countries.

    Seems odd and a little ironic to me.

    What about American citizens who are refugees from poverty or homelessness living in SLC Jackie? You closed down their shelter and ran them out of town.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    The mayor may wish that she controlled the laws that define who may enter the United States. She may wish that she had authority to allow anyone on her list to enter. She may wish that she had the right to grant amnesty. But, she does not write the laws for the United States. She has no authority to break the law in order to allow anyone to enter the United States. She cannot grant amnesty to anyone.

    Her authority is well defined. It does not extend beyond Salt Lake City. She needs to focus on her job and leave immigration to those who have authority to act on immigration.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    April 9, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    Thank you Impartial7, well said! Time for Biskupski to worry about her tiny little kingdom. What is it with these local politicians, as soon as they get elected they think they have a have a world stage and a solution to the world problems; all the while their cities are falling to pieces.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    April 9, 2018 11:09 a.m.

    I wish SLC and the United States (for that matter) could take in all the refugees around the world who are hurting and homeless. It is a task that is impossible. Our economy cannot handle all these poor families. We must set some limits somewhere. They want us to take care of them when they get here, financially, physically, etc. The Church has done a lot, and people have donated millions of dollars to help them!

    Jackie, "Tell me when you have opened up your own home to a family."

    Best of luck. My heartfelt sympathy!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 9, 2018 8:43 a.m.

    You know Jackie, after you take care of all the issues in SLC, especially with deep seated issues in both the PD & FD, homeless problems, RDA questions, council infighting, etc. etc., then you can preach to others about issues in foreign countries. You were elected to focus on SLC issues, not as a United Nations ambassador.