Donald Trump — who once called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, whose son compared Syrian refugees to poisonous Skittles, whose cronies casually cite Japanese Internment as “precedent” for a possible Muslim registry and who pledged to suspend the U.S. refugee program — is going to be the 45th president of the United States.
Naturally, Muslim refugees are worried about their future under his administration — more so, now that anti-Muslim hate crimes are reportedly reaching post-9/11 levels.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom.
For example, a group of lawyers in Utah have made a reassuring offer to Muslim refugees in their state, pledging to provide free legal services to refugees in Utah who are harassed or bullied under Trump’s presidency.
The Refugee Justice League of Utah is a non-partisan group made up of 50 members, hailing from different religious backgrounds.
"[Muslim refugees] have friends in the state of Utah who are willing to help them live peacefully in their new homes and communities," civil rights leader and co-founder of the group, James McConkie, told Associated Press.
Despite Utah’s reputation as one of the most conservative states in the U.S., it has been far more welcoming to refugees than the country as a whole.
Also, unlike Trump and many other Republicans, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert doesn’t support banning immigrants or refugees on the basis of their religion.
“We were just a little bit reluctant to use somebody's religion as the defining description of who can come into a state and who can come into our country and who cannot,” he told NPR in an interview in March. “Just saying, as a blanket, well, if you're a Muslim or if you're Catholic or if you're Mormon or if you're a Jew you can't come in is not, I think, the right way to go about it, at least as America.”