Should Mormons Support the New Immigration Bill Coming to Utah?

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August 19, 2010 by The Mormon Worker

In the recent legislative committee meeting, Representative Stephen Sandstrom introduced a new immigration bill that mimics the bill recently introduced in Arizona. The bill is meant to crack down on illegal immigration and deport larger numbers of illegal immigrants. Witnesses speaking in support of Representative Sandstrom’s bill at a special legislative meeting characterized illegal immigrants in Utah as violent criminals, drug dealers, and even as potential terrorists. They stated that illegal immigrants are “invading” our society and contributing to the collapse of the “rule of law,” and that such immigrants are a threat to our very “way of life.”

As Mormons, it is important for us to reject this false characterization of our immigrant brothers and sisters, and to reject this new bill. Let me explain why. First, the idea that illegal immigrants pose a threat to our communities is simply false. For example, Time Magazine reported that, “while the number of illegal immigrants in the country doubled between 1994 and 2005, violent crime declined by nearly 35% and property crimes by 26% over the same period.” In fact, Representative Sandstrom’s proposed bill could make our community less safe, by making illegal immigrants too scared to report crimes, because contacting the police may lead to them being deported. This is why Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank opposes this kind of immigration legislation.

Second, illegal immigrants come to here to escape conditions of desperate poverty, and want to work hard to make a better life for themselves. Instead of waiting for hand outs, they work hard to be self-sufficient and take care of their families. The sermon of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon reminds us that helping families escape poverty and become self-sufficient is a big part of what Mormonism is all about.

Third, many illegal immigrants in Utah are members of the Mormon Church. They hold temple recommends, and serve as bishops and Relief Society Presidents; they serve missions and fulfill callings. It is ironic that Representative Sandstrom, who is a Mormon, is introducing legislation that will lead to the deportation of many of our hard-working, faithful Mormon brother and sisters.

His legislation will also divide many Mormon families, because oftentimes illegal immigrants are married to US citizens, or have children who are US citizens. If a father is deported for example, his wife and children are often left to fend for themselves.

Kenneth Patrick Smith, a Mesa lawyer and president of the Valencia Branch, a Spanish-speaking LDS congregation in Arizona, talked about this problem: “I deal with the aftermath of what happens when someone gets deported in the middle of the night or doesn’t come home from work. I’m left to help with families and deal with the crying kids and their wives. It’s devastating on these families when the dad doesn’t come home.”

Dividing families in this way seems contrary to the “Proclamation on the Family,” issued by the First Presidency, which states that, “We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.”

Fourth, the way we treat immigrants, both legal and illegal, will have a big effect on missionary work and how others view the Mormon Church. The recently enacted immigration bill in Arizona (which is basically the same as the bill brother Sandstrom is trying to bring to Utah and was introduced by Russell Pearce, a Mormon and Arizona legislator) is already damaging the Church.

The Arizona Republic published an article in May entitled “Arizona immigration law fallout harms LDS Church outreach.” It told the story of Jose Corral, who “was seriously considering joining the LDS Church” after meeting with the missionaries for weeks, and was impressed by the LDS emphasis on family values. However, after discovering that the new immigration law was sponsored by a Mormon, he told the missionaries to stop coming. He stated that, “I decided I did not want to expose my kids to a religion that has members that hate other people because they are different.”

Will others see our Church as promoting hatred and racism, and therefore turn the missionaries away, if such a bill passes in Utah? Or will they see that we are compassionate and loving people if Representative Sandstrom’s bill is defeated? It is up to us to decide.

Finally, it is important for us to remember that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may well have been an illegal immigrant. Mary and Joseph were forced to flee to Egypt to escape being murdered by King Herod. May we remember Jesus, and his call for having love and compassion for our neighbors, when considering the issue of illegal immigration in our country.

24 thoughts on “Should Mormons Support the New Immigration Bill Coming to Utah?

  1. Jacob says:

    Between the horrid way many in the church are demonizing illegal immigrants, and Hispanics generally, and dehumanizing gays, I fear the church is gaining a reputation, or perhaps failing to shrug off a reputation, for closed-mindedness and a lack of charity and compassion. I think this could do serious harm to our missionary efforts, like you mention, while not in any way improving our collective spirituality. Too many members are far to entrenched in their politics, giving politics priority over religion. I’m frankly getting worried for us.

  2. Joseph says:

    Hard to know what immigration laws existed during the time of the Savior. But President Uchtdorf likely was an illegal immigrant when his family left East Germany to move to West Germany.

    Church leaders have as recently as 2008 called for compassion when approaching the immigration issue: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/695253342/Debate-resumes-over-illegal-immigrants-status-in-LDS-Church.html

    The scapegoating of illegal immigrants is completely contrary to the Gospel of Christ, and I strongly agree with this post!

  3. Melinda Wallace says:

    There is an Illegal Immigration Coalition, headed by former Senatorial Candidate, Cherilyn Eagar.
    One of my concerns is that Eagar is a member of Utah Eagle Forum, an organization headed by Latter-day Saint, Gayle Ruzicka. Eagar and Ruzicka often use LDS Church copyrighted materials to promote political candidates or social agendas. One example would be the use of Gordan B. Hinkley’s “Proclamation to the World”, as the official Facebook Icon for their other Coalition, the Coalition for Traditional Families. Because of this, many people associate Eagle Forum with the LDS Church. By allowing Eagle Forum to use Church copyrighted materials to endorse Senatorial Candidates, for example, some people just assume that the LDS Church shares the political and social agendas of Utah Eagle Forum.

    This issue has caused me great concern. On four occasions, I telephoned the LDS Church Office Building and asked to speak with their copyright division. I don’t share the political and social agendas of Utah Eagle Forum, I oppose them. They teach, for example, that mothers should not immunize their children because immunizations cause autism. Some of the candidates they promote have disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Courts decision on “Brown verses Board of Education”. Some of these individuals have been associated with the “White Separatist Movement” in Utah, a group I oppose. As a Latterday Saint, I am confused and bewildered. I don’t want my family or myself to be dragged into a social and political movement that I cannot endorse. I hear Minute Men talking about gathering arms and taking the law into their own hands because, “Obama won’t do it”.

    All that I have ever asked is that the LDS Church protect its own name and NOT allow these groups to use Church copyrighted materials to promote candidates, social agendas or political agendas. As one of the few Churches that actually uses the sacred name of our Lord and Savior, this is very important to me. I know that He would not want His name to be used in vain. I want to protect the sanctity of His Holy Name, even if it costs me my membership in the Church. I cannot sit by and allow His name used by vigilante groups.

    • Joseph says:

      Melinda,

      Not living in Utah, I was curious about the groups you mentioned. I was very creeped out when I looked them up. Especially by the Proclamation on the Family thing on the facebook page. I found it interesting that they were congratulating themselves on blocking equality laws at the state level that the the LDS Church had endorsed for Salt Lake City. It’s not hard to figure out that if the LDS Church endorsed equality laws for Salt Lake City, the same principles would hold for the state. It seems these people like to pick and choose what counsel they follow from Church Leaders.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know how much the LDS Church can do about groups like this. The proclamation picture looks to be one they took themselves, so it would be similar to taking a picture of the Bible and using that, even if the Bible, especially the New Testament, directly contradicts their agenda. In fact, the thing that bothered me most about the groups you mention is the use of the Isaiah scripture on the Eagle Forum. Isaiah contains some of my favorite poetry, and seeing his poetry misused in ways like the Eagle Forum has is always disturbing to me.

      LDS Church leadership, including the First Presidency, has again and again told these groups to stop using the Church to promote their agendas. They obviously have selective hearing.

      My main hope is that these people will be held accountable for how they are misusing the word of God, and as you point out, taking the name of the Lord in vain. Vengeance is the Lord’s (Mormon 3:15), however, and I think there is only so much we can do. Sometimes we just have to wait. Don’t give up!

      • Melinda Wallace says:

        Thanks for the response, Joseph.

        I have always affirmed that all individuals citizens have a constitutional right to freedom of speech and a right to hold and express their own personal political opinions. Who is to say who is right? I know I’m not always right, I reserve the right to reconsider, to change my mind as new information becomes available and to apologize when I learn I have been wrong.

        Where I draw the line is when political organizations and candidates use the full name of the Church, Church copy-righted materials and BYU to suggest that the Church endorses their social and political agendas. Members have great trust in the Church and will believe almost anything (or anyone) if they think that the information comes directly from the Prophet or from BYU. Now, don’t get me wrong, I used a Clinical Laboratory Science Book written by BYU Scholars and my Microbiology Instructor was a BYU Graduate. I work in a laboratory and we rely heavily on BYU for expert research in microbiology and in the clinical laboratory sciences. I tend to believe most research if I know it came from BYU science departments. I have to confess, I get really upset when groups use the BYU name to promote “fake” science and scams. I used to work for the Utah State Department of Health and health scams are abundant in Utah. Utah Eagle Forum is the worst offender, in my personal opinion, simply because they always use the Church for “endorsements” and appear to be run by BYU graduates.

        As far as the immigration issue, I think we will see some White-Separatist materials (Pat Buchanan type) coming from Eagle Forum because Cherilyn Eagar used to work on the Buchanan campaign. Buchanan supposedly wrote a book in which he expressed concern that Latinos will out-number Whites in America. This attitude has lead to coalitions that oppose immigration from Latin American countries. Eagar will likely use her status as a BYU Graduate, BYU Young Ambassador, BYU adviser to parents and “True” LDS Conservative to promote this political agenda. Latino members of the Church will likely think that the Church is turning on them. Documents will appear with the name of the LDS Church, scriptures and Articles of Faith quoted and such. There will be small disclaimers that the group is NOT affiliated with the Church, but they will be only one sentence and in small print.

      • Joseph says:

        I agree, that is troubling. And you are right, too many in the LDS Church will not read the fine print.

      • Bryan says:

        Great insights on the Eagle Forum. Politically, I’m a Libertarian but unlike most conservatives, I really am a Libertarian. I absolutely think that the government has very little business in our lives. The problem I have with Eagle Forum, Sutherland Foundation, etc. is that they are shouting about free agency and yet who is the lady up at the capital sponsoring the most limitations on our freedom every year, Gail whatever her name is.

  4. Forest Simmons says:

    Legal entry into this country by the average Mexican is practically impossible. Yet legal entry into the Kingdom of God through baptism has a minimum of red tape for anybody, including undocumented Mexicans in the USA.

    Why should the USA be so exclusive in comparison with the Kingdom of God?

    All those who have repented of their sins, have a testimony of Jesus Christ and the living Prophets, and sincerely covenant to bear one another’s burdens and a few other basic commandments are eligible for baptism into the Kingdom of God on earth. The typical waiting period from first lesson to baptism is a few weeks.

    Contrast that with the years of red tape required for legal entrance into the USA where the “right to profit” typically trumps “the general welfare” when push comes to shove, and a belief in the ifallibility of the Invisible Hand of Mammon is the standard patriotic testimony.

    • Melinda Wallace says:

      Very well said, Forest.

      There is a lot of “red tap” associated with immigration. Many undocumented immigrants are children, brought here by their parents. I just read of a young Russian man whose mother brought him to the U.S. when he was age 11. By all accounts, he was a stellar student and never became involved in drugs, gangs or any other illegal activity. He made many friends and excelled in school. Three months ago, he was arrested and detained by ICE. Right now, he is in jail, awaiting deportation. His friends had hoped that the DREAM ACT would pass and allow this young man to complete college and stay in the U.S. I am so sorry that Latterday Saints have formed an Anti-Illegal Immigration Coalition that opposes the DREAM act first co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch.

  5. Bean's Dude says:

    I live in Mesa AZ in a very LDS dense community and speak from personal experience as a US citizen, and as a returned missionary having served a mission in Mexico. When I hear politicians like Stephen Sandstrom and Russell Pierce scape-goating undocumented immigrants, and painting them as the root of all our problems, I can’t help but think of Zarahemnah in the BofM who’s ” … designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites; this he did that he might usurp great power over them” (Alma 43:8). And Amalickiah perfected this scare-tactic art a few chapters later when “….he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger” against the Nephites. (Alma 48:3) The consequences of such rhetoric were never pleasant for either groups of people then, nor will they be now.

    The stated purpose of this bill, according to it’s author Russell Pierce, is to make life so uncomfortable for them (undocumented immigrants) that they will pack up and leave. As I look around my neighborhood, it’s pretty obvious who are the poorest people in my community; undocumented Mexican immigrants. It’s also obvious which demographic has been most blessed financially in the community; White Mormons. The latter seem to be some of the strongest supporters of these laws. In light of this, I can’t help but see a disturbing similarity to times in the scriptures that a wicked people “did cast out the poor” from among them. (Alma 32 is just one example) Not to mention the many calls from ancient Prophets to care for the poor and needy, sick and afflicted. Every sunday I hear comments in church about how wicked the “world” is today, with well meaning church members citing such things as gay marriage, drugs, alcohol, etc. To me, it just feels like as a church me may have a giant case of Beam/Moat syndrome. (Moroni was not talking to “the World” at the end of Mormon 8).

    The book of Mormon does give us a great example of an alternative attitude to take towards poor immigrants in Alma 35:9 when “the people of Ammon did not fear their words; therefore they did not cast them out, but they did receive all the poor of the Zoramites that came over unto them; and they did nourish them, and did clothe them, and did give unto them lands for their inheritance; and they did administer unto them according to their wants.”. Now, I’m not advocating for open boarders, or for absolute amnesty for all, and I believe we need serious immigration reform. I’m just not sure what good we accomplish by treating the single mother of 2 who lives next to me as if she were a dangerous criminal. Especially considering the sad state of affairs and violence raging in her home country. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

    As many of my conservative friends correctly say, illegal is illegal is illegal, and Justice demands that a debt be paid for the broken law. Russell pierce puts it this way “what part of illegal don’t you understand?” I would ask, why can’t we look to mercy a bit more as we find a real solution to the immigration problem? That is, if we as Christians hope to have Mercy extended towards us one day when we will ALL be in need of it.

    • Melinda Wallace says:

      Excellent post!!! I agree with everything you said and you said it well. Thank you.

      I just want to add that I hear “What part of illegal don’t you understand”? repeated often.

      I must ask, do these people think that children under the age of 12, brought here by undocumented parents are “illegals”? I also must ask about the millions of migrant farm workers who have allowed the U.S. to have plentiful, inexpensive food, do they consider those with expired worker’s visas to be criminals? It is very hard to keep up with the paperwork when you don’t even have a legal mailing address. We just need to fix the system, not criminalize all of these hard-working, contributing, otherwise, law-abiding workers.

    • Bryan says:

      Excellent post!

      I am an english-ancestor american but attended a portuguese ward for a couple of years. One time I was speaking with a bishopric member who dealt with a lot of “issues” and he stated that 75% of the ward, in his estimation, was currently out of status (illegal). This puts the church between a rock and a hard spot. Many legal, law-abiding, tithing paying church leaders were illegal at one time.

      To me, the question is, does God’s law cross man-made boundaries. For example, my wife’s patriarchal blessing all but said that she would immigrate to the U.S. Was God mistaken? Was the patriarch mistaken? If it was God’s will that she come here and the INS disagrees who trumps who?

      • SUNNofaB.C.Rich says:

        well… obviously having anyone and everyone going around disregarding the laws of the land according to whatever sort of idea of “God’s will” they happened to have would be a mess.

  6. SUNNofaB.C.Rich says:

    Thank goodness for “separation of church and state”…

    • Joseph says:

      SUNN,

      I definitely believe in separation of Church and State, and I agree that the title “Should Mormons Support…” seems a bit heavy handed. The question really to me is “should the new immigration bill be supported?” Your answer it seems to me would likely be “yes”, and mine is a definite “no.”

      However, this site is called the “Mormon Worker” because it is a place for us “Mormons” who don’t fit in to the Inter-mountain West mold (in all senses of the word) of voting Republican, etc., to discuss our politics. So this site is to a large degree for us non-cookie-cutter Mormons to look at how and why we apply our religious principles to politics in ways that others we live among do not. So religion is going to come up. I realize that leaves you out on topics like this, and I can’t think of any way that is not rude to say “Oh Well.” But that’s all I can say.

  7. patriot says:

    As a LDS member I just recently was made aware of the assisting of illegal aliens by the church. We have to remember prophets are human and make mistakes just like anybody else. I can understand the actions and/or inactions concerning illegal aliens by our church due to our religous beliefs, however I strongly feel any official church declaration supporting illegals would be in direct conflict with The Articles of Faith. I would not be suprised to see the prophet announce a definite stand about the issue at the next general conference.

    • Melinda Wallace says:

      Dear Patriot,

      In Utah and Idaho, we have many Migrant Agricultural Workers who harvest crops, milk cows and even birth cattle. These workers have entered the U.S. legally with work visas, but as border security tightens, it is harder for them to work here and then return to Mexico. Some visas expire. Many of these workers live and work in small towns with few, if any, immigration lawyers.

      U.S. laws allow children as young as 12 years old to work on farms. I have heard and know of Idaho Migrant worker children who get up at 4:00 a.m. to milk cows and birth cattle. They work in extreme conditions, blistering heat, freezing cold etc. They live in barns and homes without heat. I’m glad that the LDS Bishops assist them. I think they should go to the Bishop instead of the U.S. government for assistance.

    • Doc says:

      Patriot,
      I would not be surprised if the definite stand were the same as announce a year or two ago. Illegal immigrants are children of God, dial down the rhetoric.

  8. Doc says:

    pro-life, pro-family, pro-immigration I say. It would make a great new Utah bumper sticker.

  9. Forest Simmons says:

    Persecution of disadvantaged by other church members:

    Hel. 3: 33-36
    33 And in the *fifty and first year of the reign of the judges there was peace also, save it were the pride which began to enter into the church—not into the church of God, but into the hearts of the people who professed to belong to the church of God—
    34 And they were lifted up in pride, even to the persecution of many of their brethren. Now this was a great evil, which did cause the more humble part of the people to suffer great persecutions, and to wade through much affliction.
    35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
    36 And it came to pass that the fifty and second year ended in peace also, save it were the exceedingly great pride which had gotten into the hearts of the people; and it was because of their exceedingly great riches and their prosperity in the land; and it did grow upon them from day to day.
    3 Ne. 6: 10-18
    10 But it came to pass in the *twenty and ninth year there began to be some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions;
    11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers.
    12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.
    13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God.
    14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the *thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
    15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the people was this—Satan had great power, unto the stirring up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing them up with pride, tempting them to seek for power, and authority, and riches, and the vain things of the world.
    16 And thus Satan did lead away the hearts of the people to do all manner of iniquity; therefore they had enjoyed peace but a few years.
    17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year—the people having been delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should—and thus in the commencement of this, the thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.
    18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God.

    • Bean's Dude says:

      Thanks for sharing these passages Forest. All kinds of rhetoric about the down-fall of our nation comes from the Right, especially from Beck and his followers. I’m afraid they could be correct, just not for the reasons they think.

  10. Forest Simmons says:

    Thanks, Bean’s Dude.

    Nephi, et. al. prophesied that when the Gentiles came to this land (beginning with Columbus)it would be a very mixed blessing for the remnants of the seed of his brothers as well as the mixture of his seed among them.

    The good news was that some of the Gentiles would be like nursing mothers and foster fathers to them. These would bring to them the gospel in the Bible and bring them to a knowledge of their Nephite and Lamanite ancestors as well as the fulness of the gospel via the B of M.

    The bad news was that others of the Gentiles would scatter them, persecute them, tread them down, steal their lands, and treat them as less than human.

    Here are a few out of many such references:

    2 Ne. 10: 18 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, thus saith our God: I will afflict thy seed by the hand of the Gentiles; nevertheless, I will soften the hearts of [some of] the Gentiles, that they shall be like unto a father to them; wherefore, [these] Gentiles shall be blessed and numbered among the house of Israel.
    19 Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall be numbered among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance…

    3 Ne. 16: 8 But wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the Gentiles—for notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land, and have scattered my people who are of the house of Israel; and my people who are of the house of Israel have been cast out from among them, and have been trodden under feet by them …

    Morm. 5: 9 And also that a knowledge of these things must come unto the remnant of these people, and also unto the Gentiles, who the Lord hath said should scatter this people, and this people should be counted as naught among them…

    This last verse was quoted by President Kimball when he noted that the monument at Custer’s last stand at the Little Bighorn counted only the Gentile deaths as casualties, a practice that we continue today in our wars on the scattered remnants of the house of Israel all over the world.

    The plaque at the site of Custer’s Last Stand said (and still says?) that 263 (the number of white soldiers) souls were lost in the battle. Pres. Kimball’s wry observation was that evidently the dead Indians didn’t have souls (or didn’t lose them): “They were counted as naught.”

    The black slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person for apportionment purposes.

    Our black and brown brothers and sisters have been counted as nothing or next to nothing long enough.

    Which kind of Gentiles will we be? The nurturing kind? Or the persecuting kind?

    In any case, the Lord promises that “… when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them…” and will establish the New Jerusalem among the remnants of the Lamanites and the people that join with them [not the other way around!]

    • Melinda Wallace says:

      Very well said, Forest. I completely agree and I appreciate your prospective.

      Additionally, I would like to add that Mormons believe that, “the Glory of God is Intelligence” and that “man cannot be saved in ignorance” and that “a man is saved only as fast as he receives knowledge”. The LDS Church has always backed education. We have a legacy of providing educational opportunities to Native Americans through the Indian Placement Program. We have the Perpetual Education Fund, BYU Scholarships and other programs designed to allow underprivileged students gain a University Degree. I believed that the DREAM Act was fully compatible with our Mission of Education and our belief that children should not be punished for the sins of their parents. Education will open many door for members of the Church who have come from (or whose parents have come from) Third World Countries. It will allow us to build the Church on a stronger foundation, a foundation of well-educated, knowledgeable members. The DREAM Act also testifies to the “Grace of God”, His forgiveness and His love for His children.

      I stand firm in areas of education, health care and economic opportunity for all mankind. Latterday Saints can show great leadership in this area. We can teach social responsibility and encourage others to “come out of the shadows” and get legal work visas or legal student visas in order that they might comply with the laws of the land. I also know that we must set up a system that is fair and affords opportunities for compliance. The Lord has stated that “He giveth no commandment unto the children of men except that He prepare a way for them to accomplish that which He has commanded”. We are dealing with members who are trying to support their families and care for extended family whilst obeying our immigration laws. We should “open the doors”, not “hedge up the way”.

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