Utah ‘eager’ to assist with resettling Afghan refugees: governor
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) sent a letter to President Biden saying he is ready to assist with resettling Afghan refugees in his the state.
“I’m deeply saddened by the human tragedy currently unfolding in Afghanistan. I recognize Utah plays no direct role in shaping U.S. diplomatic or military policy, but we have a long history of welcoming refugees from around the world and helping them restart their lives in a new country,” Cox wrote.
“We are eager to continue that practice and assist with the resettlement of individuals and families fleeing Afghanistan, especially those who valiantly helped U.S. troops, diplomats, journalists, and other civilians over the past 20 years,” he added.
Utah was settled by refugees fleeing religious persecution. We understand the pain caused by forced migration and appreciate the contributions of refugees in our communities.
— Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox (@GovCox) August 18, 2021
The Biden administration is grappling with how to evacuate people from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of troops led to the Taliban taking control of the country.
There are thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies who are stuck in the country, with the Taliban forming a circle around Kabul’s international airport, the only way out of Afghanistan.
Many Afghans are looking to flee the country as they face persecution under the Taliban for helping the U.S., especially women who are fearful of losing their basic human rights.
It is unclear how many refugees the U.S. is planning to take. Meanwhile, neighboring countries in the region are taking Afghan refugees at the request of the Biden administration.
“As you may already know, Utah’s history guides our approach to refugees. Our state was settled by refugees fleeing religious persecution 170 years ago. Their descendants have a deep understanding of the danger and pain caused by forced migration and an appreciation for the wonderful contributions of refugees in our communities,” Cox stated in the letter.
“Please advise us in the coming days and weeks how we can assist,” Cox concluded.