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Utah governor pens letter to Pres. Biden offering help with Afghani refugees

KUTV Salt Lake City logo KUTV Salt Lake City 8/18/2021 Jared Turner, KUTV
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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has sent a letter to President Joe Biden about the situation in Afghanistan, offering assistance and offered Utah as a place to settle refugees.

The Afghani government fell to the Taliban within days of the US announcement that troops would leave the country.

Thousands of people have tried to flee the country, fearing the Taliban’s interpretation of Sharia law and history with women’s rights could lead to a return to brutal rule.

Disturbing images shown around the world showed Afghani citizens storming the Kabul airport, pushing to get onto departing planes and clinging to a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it took off Monday.

“I’m deeply saddened by the human tragedy currently unfolding in Afghanistan,” the governor wrote.

He offered the Beehive State as a place where individuals and families could resettle.

“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 ad helping them restart their lives in a new country,” he said.

Gov. Cox noted the plight of the early pioneers and their journey to the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin.

“Our state was settled by refugees fleeing religious persecution 170 years ago,” he said. “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.”

Details about any part a refugee relocation effort or any part the Beehive State might play part of were not determined.

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