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Mormon Church releases statement on immigration

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement about the Church's stance on immigration on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement about the Church's stance on immigration on Monday.

The statement comes just prior to Governor Herbert's planned immigration summit, to be held on Tuesday.

Community, civic, law enforcement and religious leaders will attend the summit in Salt Lake City.

The statement released by Church spokesman Scott Trotter said that Scott Parker, who heads the Church’s Salt Lake Public Affairs Council, will represent the Church at the summit.

The statement is one of the first times the LDS Church has publicly addressed the immigration issue in Utah.

Earlier in July Tony Yapias, who leads the Proyecto Latino in Salt Lake City urged members of the community to pressure the Church into addressing immigration issues prior to the summit.
Finding a successful resolution will require the best thinking and goodwill of all across the political spectrum, the highest levels of statesmanship, and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of God’s children.” -LDS Church Statement on Immigration
Some Utah lawmakers have announced plans to introduce legislation similar to Arizona's recently enacted law that requires police to assist in identifying undocumented people within the state.

Here is the entire statement from the LDS Church:

“The complex issues surrounding immigration are a matter of increasing concern and debate for all in this country.


Elected individuals have the primary responsibility to find solutions in the best interests of all whose lives will be impacted by their actions.


We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil discourse when addressing immigration issues. Finding a successful resolution will require the best thinking and goodwill of all across the political spectrum, the highest levels of statesmanship, and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of God’s children.”


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