Friday, February 15, 2008

LDS Leader Pro-Illegal Immigrant

Yesterday, Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy spoke in behalf of the Church at a forum at Westminster College regarding Utah HB241. The law would repeal a law that allows qualified but undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Elder Jensen asked lawmakers to show compassion on the issue of illegal immigration.

Is this the official Church policy with respect to illegal immigrants? Are we to assume that there are some laws that are okay to break and remain in good standing with the Church?

Is this an effort by the Church to keep it Hispanic roots solid?

When an illegal immigrant requests a temple recommend and is asked if he/she obeys the law of the land, they can now say yes, even though they are not?

When an illegal immigrant seals someone's identity, is that okay?

The Church appears to be walking a thin line here. Is the Church, under a new First Presidency, willing to take a stand on some political issues? Once they go down the policical path, they risk alienating many. Is this a test of our faith?

I have a real problem with this stance. The illegal immigrant problem is a huge one, impacting and burying much of our social fabric -- healthcare, education, law enforcement, etc. Compassion is fine but turning a blind-eye to law breakers -- many illegals are bona fide felons -- is really a slipery slope.

1 comment:

alien rants said...

This is a real struggle for me as well. I'm a former Bishop and very active in the anti-illegal movement in my state (not Utah). I feel torn. I'm worried about my own standing in the church, not that of the illegals. I asked to be taken off the high council because I didn't want to be in a position to vote on new priesthood holders and financial clerks, knowing the church didn't care who was legal and who wasn't.
Anyone else have that trouble?
-alien rants