"It's not new information and this is not really a game changer in any way," said Wimmer, who is sponsoring a bill to eliminate in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said the LDS Church statement "adds credence" to the compact, but immigration reform is a government issue.
"We all believe in being good neighbors," he said. "It doesn't mean we're going to throw out the rule of law for those who break the laws of our country."
Waddoups said he anticipates the 2011 Legislature approving at least one or two immigration-related bills. He said knowing the church's view will actually make it easier for bills to pass.
"We know the church has taken a position. We don't have to dance around what they might think because we know what they think," he said.
Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said the immigration statements may help guide lawmakers' decision making.
"The nice thing about the compact is that it's fairly general, so that it gives legislators some room to operate," he said. "It does give them kind of a light to walk toward."
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