SALT LAKE CITY — Business leaders and activists from across the country, including in Utah, participated in a National Action Day Wednesday, all stemming from a massive influx of undocumented children coming across the border. Since October, some 52,000 children, mostly from Central America, have come into the United States unaccompanied by their parents.
A group of roughly 40 activists gathered at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City Wednesday evening to show solidarity for children who’ve died while escaping violence, drug culture and extreme poverty in countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The group lit candles and held signs welcoming the children and prayed at the park.
“(It’s) a huge economic issue for our businesses and we really need to get some movement because we have literally thousands of jobs that are unfilled because we can’t find qualified workers,” said Val Hale, who is the President and CEO, of Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce says survey results show most Americans and 75 percent of Utahns want Congress to overhaul the U.S. Immigration Policy this year.