Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mormon Church and Immigration Policy

The debate over state anti-immigrant proposals has reached Utah, where LDS church leaders are chiming in on the debate:

Matthew D. LaPlante writes in the Salt Lake Tribune:

A prominent leader from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has implored Utah's overwhelmingly Mormon Legislature to "slow down, step back and carefully study and assess the implications and human costs involved" in a slew of immigration bills they are considering on Capitol Hill.
    Marlin Jensen, a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of Seventy, told a modest crowd at the Wednesday evening opening reception of Westminster College's "Beyond Borders and Fronteras" colloquy that "with decisions hanging in the balance that have such significant consequences, I believe a more thoughtful . . . not to mention humane, approach is warranted."
    Immigration has emerged as a key issue during the legislative session that began Jan. 21, with lawmakers considering a litany of bills that would limit significant privileges and impose extensive penalties for the state's undocumented immigrants.
    But, Jensen said, "immigration questions are questions dealing with God's children," and legislators should "measure twice before they cut."
    His comments expounded publicly on the private pleas of church leaders last month for Legislators to act with compassion as they consider immigration reform. Click here  for the full story.


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For all the brouhaha, I'm not even sure what this means.

"...immigration questions are questions dealing with God's children..."

Aren't all questions of legality and criminality "questions dealing with God's children"?

If a law is unfair, let's work to correct it. I don't understand the notion that there's "nothing wrong" with breaking the laws of the land. Will I get an ecclesiastical pass for breaking other laws or is only immigration law declared invalid?

Posted by: Alison Moore Smith | Feb 16, 2008 12:12:47 PM

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