'Welcoming Week' kicks off in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Undocumented immigrants who came to America as children are welcome in Salt Lake City -- that is the message Mayor Jackie Biskupski is sharing, Friday.

The mayor signed a proclamation declaring the next nine days 'Welcoming Week in Salt Lake City.'  It is all part of a national campaign to bring communities together and protect people who have grown up in the United States.  

Officials say right now, thousands are living in fear, wondering how President Trump will handle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy. 

"I think this limbo land -- it has devastating impacts on our community.  People tend not to reach out for services when they need them because they're afraid to be identified, and we want to make sure that people continue to go to school, that they continue to show up at work," Biskupski said during a press conference.

Officials say Utah is now home to 60,000 refugees, and about 34,000 immigrants are living in Salt Lake City.  

According to campaign organizer Fatima Dirie, about 11,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children are currently in Utah and potentially in jeopardy, pending the president's decision.  

Biskupski says she is encouraged to hear President Trump talking about a possible immigration deal with congressional Democrats. 

 

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