SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (June 15, 2018) – The Salt Lake Chamber Immigration Task Force issued the following statement on the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration:

“The Salt Lake Chamber has spent significant time developing a pragmatic and business-friendly approach to comprehensive immigration reform. That is one of the reasons we helped develop the Utah Compact along with political, business, law enforcement and religious leaders. As a state originally settled by religious refugees, Utah has a strong history of welcoming those with a desire to help build a vibrant community. Utahns value compassion, openness and economic prosperity. We call upon the Trump administration to withdraw its nomination of Ronald Mortensen and upon Utah’s congressional delegation to actively oppose it, and encourage them to work together to find a candidate who reflects core Utah values.”

About the Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champion’s community prosperity.

About the Utah Compact

The Utah Compact was developed over several months by groups and individuals who were concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion. The Compact is based on Utah values and we urge our leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex challenges associated with a broken national immigration system. The Compact has broad support from community leaders, business associations, law enforcement officers and members of Utah’s religious community. It is a simple document that expresses our values as a community as they relate to specific policy issues that have become central to the immigration discussion.


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