Gary Herbert

Utah lawmakers express support for refugee rights

Utah lawmakers reasserted their commitment to making the state a welcoming place for refugees Wednesday as President Donald Trump crafts a revised travel ban.

Members of a Senate economic development and workforce services committee unanimously backed a resolution expressing the stance during a hearing in which they highlighted their own ancestors' experience as immigrants.

Proposal sponsor Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights, said his grandfather moved to the U.S. from Japan as a single man who didn't speak much English. He said his grandfather soon married and had seven children.

The resolution, which Shiozawa said helps solidify the state's embrace of...