Multiple Utah leaders have opened up about the ongoing refugee crises and its connection to Utah.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has asked President Donald Trump to send more refugees to the Beehive State, saying Utah hasn’t reached its limit for how many people can be resettled here, according to the Deseret News.

Herbert sent a letter to the Trump administration as it prepares to reduce the numbers of refugees accepted in the country.

“Those experiences and hardships of our pioneer ancestors 170 years ago are still fresh in the minds of many Utahns,” the governor wrote. “As a result, we empathize deeply with individuals and groups who have been forced from their homes and we love giving them a new home and a new life.”

You can read his full statement below:

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson also weighed in, urging President Trump to send refugees to Utah, too, according to KSL-TV.

  • “Salt Lake County has a long history of welcoming refugees,” according to Wilson’s letter. “Over 50,000 of Salt Lake County’s residents are individuals with a refugee background. These new Utahns are actively contributing to the political, social, and economic vibrancy of our county. As Mayor of Salt Lake County, I want to express our strong desire to continue as a partner in the resettlement of refugees to our great nation and our welcoming community. We are eager, we are equipped, and we are committed.”

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) issued a letter in support of refugees, according to the Deseret News.

  • “My home state of Utah has shown that refugees add to economic expansion when they have the opportunity to contribute to our communities and workplaces,” his statement read in part. “My state has a proud legacy of bipartisan support for a robust resettlement program and of engagement from our faith communities to welcome those fleeing violence and persecution.”

What it means: Deseret News opinion editor Boyd Matheson explained what the letters mean in a discussion with the Hinckley Report with Jason Perry.

  • “I think one of the most important messages out of this is really the way Utahns look at refugees and everyone coming into the state,” Matheson said. “Utah does not look at refugees as liabilities to be managed. These are human assets, human potential to be fostered and developed. Utah has a history of being the most upwardly mobile place in the world. And it’s upwardly mobile so someone who comes here as a refugee or as an immigrant in poverty has a better chance of not just getting out of poverty but getting into their version of the American Dream than anywhere else in the world because we have a great free market economy and we have strong institutions of civil society.
  • “We have families, neighborhoods, communities, religious and civic organizations, businesses that give back to the community. This is a laboratory of democracy. And it’s why Utah is not just a crossroads to the West anymore. It’s really a crossroads to the world. People are watching what we do. And this signal from the governor that, ‘Yeah, we want more refugees’ because again, they’re not liabilities to managed. These are human assets that make Utah what it is and make it a better place for the world.”