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.
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.
Great message, Jackie! This is something we can all support. What an important
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.
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.
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?
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.
Maybe Utah should not import refugees and focus on their illegal problem.It would be money better spent.
@Mike RichardsAt 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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