‘I’m from Somalia and I’m proud to be an American. I came here when I was five years old and I grew up in Salt Lake City. It’s heartbreaking to know that there are people in my country who don’t and can’t have the same opportunities as I have. We need to speak up and remember that we all belong. I’ve felt so very welcome in Utah because the people here are so nice. As a Muslim, it’s nice to see that so many people here have the same values and morals as we do. We are hardworking and hospitable…we have a strong community. We have dreams and hopes just like everyone else. We really are all the same and I can’t comprehend why so many people don’t understand that. Almost everyone who lives in this country has immigrant or refugee ancestors. We really need to stand together and remember that we’re stronger and better together as a community, a country, and the world.’

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