Mormon Church: Legalize Undocumented Residents, Forget Mass Expulsion

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The Mormon church announced last week that it advocates a type of amnesty for illegal immigrants who "square themselves with the law and continue to work" in the United States.

The statement, published on the church's website, also takes aim at harsh anti-illegal-immigrant laws like those passed in Arizona and other states:

As those on all sides of the immigration debate in the United States have noted, this issue is one that must ultimately be resolved by the federal government.

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 message follows the church's apparent support of a position statement by some members on the subject of immigration called the Utah Compact.

The church makes the obvious point that trying to expel an estimated 12 million people would be horrendous, judging by previous mass expulsions throughout history, and implies such a move  probably would have racist overtones.

At the same time, the public letter says the church "discourages" members from entering countries illegally or overstaying legal travel visas.

In other words, the church stance is similar to the reality of U.S. immigration policy: Illegal migrants shouldn't come, but if they find a job and keep out of trouble, they can stay.

The politics of immigration in the Mormon-dominated state of Utah have been somewhat divided in recent months, with moderate conservatives backed by the church winning the day. A bill signed by the governor in March that takes effect in two years aims to set up a guest-worker program.

Meanwhile, the church has 16,000 missionaries spreading the word of Joseph Smith in Latin America, with 3,600 in Mexico alone, according to an article published last month in the Salt Lake Tribune. The safety of these church members has been a huge concern as news of right-wing rhetoric in Utah trickles south.

Our cynical side can't help but follow the money: The church's relatively lightweight stance (from the conservatives' viewpoint) paves the road for future, tithe-paying members. Critics note that the 1978 "revelation" that blacks could finally join the priesthood preceded the opening of a new temple in Brazil.


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Raleigh Johnson
Raleigh Johnson

 It is notable that it is people called ":wingnuts" who think believers in Christ have nothing to do with Christianity.  If you are interested you should know that men like Peter, James, John,Mathew, Luke, Mark, Paul,  and the early church fathers who were taught by the first apostles, such as Clement, Origen, and Polycarp, and almost all of the early church leaders before the third century believed in Jesus the way Mormons believe.  Even St Athanasius said that Jesus died so men could become like Him, and that is what Mormons believe also.  Unfortunately many Christians today have forgotten that foundational teaching, but they are still called Christians.  I would invite you to attend some meetings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and learn of their actual beliefs before saying they have nothing to do with Christ.

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High SchoolThis young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Imanoid2
Imanoid2

The inbred mormons are just trying to get heir boy romney, or Huntsman, a chance at winning the big prize.  Won't happen.  Even the evangelical wingnuts know when a cult has nothing to do with Christianity.

Guest23
Guest23

For once I find myself agreeing with the Mormon church's statement though no doubt they have ulterior motives.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Explusion," Ray? In the headline? You're hurting me.

"Our cynical side can't help but follow the money: The church'srelatively lightweight stance (from the conservatives' viewpoint) pavesthe road for future, tithe-paying members. Critics note that the 1978 "revelation" that blacks could finally join the priesthood preceded the opening of a new temple in Brazil."

Ray, you can follow the money further than that. The IRS under the Carter administration allegedly threatened to nix the tax-exempt status of Brigham Young University and the Church  if they didn't stop discriminating against blacks.

http://www.mormoncurtain.com/t...

 

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