SALT LAKE CITY -- The White House is honoring a Salt Lake City nonprofit director for his work dealing with immigration-related issues.
Jason Mathis is one of 11 people nationwide to receive the award Tuesday. The honor is named for civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said Mathis and the rest of the group have successfully welcomed and advocated for immigrants.
Mathis is the executive director of the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance and a vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber. He draws up policy initiatives for immigration and urban development in the city.
Mathis helped to draft for The Utah Compact, a resolution urging Utah lawmakers to respect federal immigration laws.
The White House credits the compact as a more compassionate immigration reform in Utah.