So, I know of at least one person who has their nose out of joint about recent statements from the LDS Church about immigration.  I imagine this is not an uncommon point of view.

I imagine their reasoning is that somehow supporting a workable solution to treat illegal immigrants a bit more like refugees rather than enemies is a bad thing.

Over the last few months, there have been a few statements about immigration from the Church.  These have been in favor of a workable compassionate solution.

I have written just a few things about illegal immigration last year.  I support a compassionate approach to the mostly law-abiding people who are compelled to do something for a better life for their families.

Ask  yourself, what laws are you willing to break to have a better life for your children?

People who want to come here legally from south of the border will have a wait of more than 20 years to come here.  The legal immigration system is broken in a big way.  When government solutions on the books fail the people, the people take matters into their own hands.  It has been that way for thousands of years.  Ever heard of the “black market”?

For people who think this approach is a violation of the 12th Article of Faith, just consider a couple of things.

  • Illegal Immigration, or just coming here and avoiding customs officials is a $50 fine, much like speeding.
  • The U.S. Government is actively promoting non-enforcement of existing immigration laws.
  • Enforcement of the Borders and Immigration policy is the strict responsibility of the U.S. Government.
  • We already have millions of people here illegally who are living mostly peaceable lives and the U.S. Government does not really care.
  • The U.S. Supreme court has ruled [decades ago] that you cannot deny government benefits to people based on their immigration status.
  • What laws have you violated?  Should you turn in a temple recommend for speeding?  Jaywalking?  These acts violate the law too.
  • Should the LDS Church take a stricter position on immigration enforcement than the U.S. Government does?

It seems when laws are not enforced and people can violate them regularly with impunity, they are not really laws any more, are they?

Perhaps the LDS Church is just acknowledging the reality of immigration law in this nation.  Or maybe being compassionate to people trying to make their lives better is a weightier matter that pushes simple enforcement issues to the side when compared to taking care of the people who are already here.

The LDS Church also supports a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage.  While marriage is a matter that is supposed to be left to the states under the Tenth Amendment, the direction of governmental power is making federalism a dream instead of a reality.

Kind of like the dreams of federal enforcement of immigration law and closing the border.

In this light, it seems the LDS Church is “honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law” as it is in practice when they support compassionate treatment of illegal immigrants instead of strict enforcement.

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