An LDS Church leader on Wednesday urged Utah's lawmakers to "take a step back" and hold a "spirit of compassion" as they consider a slate of bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.
"Immigration questions are questions dealing with God's children," said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "I believe a more thoughtful and factual, not to mention humane approach is warranted, and urge those responsible for enactment of Utah's immigration policy to measure twice before they cut."
As one of three religious leaders speaking at a Interfaith Dialogue on Immigration at Westminster College, Jensen urged people to put a human face on the issue.
"Meet an undocumented person," he said. "Come to know their family."
This is the third time the leadership of the LDS Church has asked for compassion on immigration this year. The first came in meetings with legislative leadership. The second came from the Alliance for Unity, signed on behalf of the Church by Elder M Russell Ballard of the Twelve Apostles.
Why has the Church had to repeat the message three times?
Because there is little to no compassion coming from the immigration bills at the state legislature.
Yet, I'd be willing to bet that the incumbents are going to paint themselves as good upstanding Mormons who follow everything the Church says come November.