Illegal immigration, already a hot issue for all American churches today was given a helping hand as “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today issued the following official statement on immigration: The bedrock moral issue for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how we treat each other as children of God. The history of mass expulsion or mistreatment of individuals or families is cause for concern especially where race, culture, or religion are involved. This should give pause to any policy that contemplates targeting any one group, particularly if that group comes mostly from one heritage.
No doubt one of the hottest contested and discussed issues at the dinner table these days, the Mormon Church has demonstrated individual courage and sound intellect decision making in providing this statement to clearly understand how it stands and views this most urgent matter. Recognizing the negative impacts of current overflow of illegal immigrants draining the social support systems of our nation, it is also asking members to avoid being judgmental and making this a most promising influence on the majority of Mormons living in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. In Arizona, in distinctiveness, this is very important as this is where there has been a strong movement to recall one of their most powerful Mormon politicians for his individual take on this matter and proposing most extreme legislative bills to control this topic and creating fear into a state that has been struggling with its budget, its unemployment and its economy. Last week, a recall group delivered a petition to the state elections board to demand a recall of State Senator Russell Pearce, the most powerful Republican in Arizona who is also a member of the Mormon Church. Ironically, his district in Mesa Arizona, has a majority of Mormon members and demonstrated no problem in gathering the necessary signatures to force a recall election as determined by the state elections board.
Many American, including this writer believes and agrees the federal government should take a more aggressive approach to controlling our borders and put the flow of illegals in check with sound and legal tools to stabilize and return our country back to a sustainable level of economic growth while reducing the national debt. Basically, in this message The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “is concerned that any state legislation that only contains enforcement provisions is likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God.” The Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.” This is contrary to many other options out there to award amnesty to those already here and taking advantage of our divided nation’s passion and conflicts. The bulletin goes on to state “In furtherance of needed immigration reform in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports a balanced and civil approach to a challenging problem, fully consistent with its tradition of compassion, its reverence for family, and its commitment to law.”