New Americans2001 South State Street S1-300PO Box 144575Salt Lake City, UT 84114385 468-4861/ Email
Salt Lake County is a welcoming community, open to all. We recognize that welcoming communities are safer, stronger and more vibrant. Our rapid growth includes many foreign-born residents who now call the county home. To ensure that New Americans feel welcome and supported, Mayor Ben McAdams established the Office for New Americans & Refugees in 2016. Its goal is to improve the lives of Salt Lake County’s New American residents by maximizing their civic, social, and economic potential.
The Salt Lake County Mayor's Office for New Americans is about connecting New Americans to resources to help them thrive and feel welcomed here.
Find the Welcoming Salt Lake Action Plan here.
Statement from Mayor Ben McAdams on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Salt Lake County, UT— Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams issued the following statement regarding the administration’s decision on DACA:
“I’m disheartened by President Trump’s action to overturn DACA. But now that the deportation clock is ticking, I strongly urge Congress to quickly pass a law allowing deferred action for young people who came to the U.S. as children, to continue.
The futures of 800,000 young people—including thousands in Utah—hang in the balance.
These are youth who are studying, working, serving in the military and contributing to our community. We elected our representatives to come together in a bipartisan way to reform our broken immigration system and making DACA the law of the land is a critical first step.”
Together with the Salt Lake Chamber and other partners, we have developed an action plan to help make our community more welcoming.
of the goals of our welcoming plan for New Americans is to maximize their
economic potential. Local employers, such as
Intermountain Healthcare, are playing an important role by offering English as a second language and other educational programs. Here’s how it is working:
Recent national events have caused some of the people we serve to feel fear or anxiety. Mayor McAdams and several County Council members signed a resolution in support of refugees, which says, "Salt Lake County welcomes people of all faiths, beliefs, and practices regardless of national origin or ethnicity..."