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Published: Friday, April 29 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Um, my fairly confident understanding is that if the prophet of the LDS Church issues the mind and will of God in the name of God Almighty Himself, he doesn't do so INCOGNITO through the Church's Public Affairs Office. Yeah yeah I know, the statements issued by the P.A.O. are cleared by the First Presidency. But that AIN'T the same thing as the First Presidency itself issuing a statement, putting ITS signature at the bottom, and claiming that it is the mind and will of the Lord.

Has God repealed the 12th Article of Faith?

Then let the prophet boldly say so! Otherwise, I am NOT interested in Scott Trotter's or any other Church functionary's personal opinion, propaganda, or, worse, obfuscations; e.g., "This case reminds us all of the need to address immigration reform." Which everyone knows means AMNESTY.

FALSE! There is NO such need!

And knock it off with the riddles already! "Love thy neighbor." Just what is that supposed to mean?? We should endorse illegal behavior? And shouldn't Mexicans love their neighbors to the North?

"Families." Your point?? They "CAN'T" take their children back home with them??

john in az
tempe, az

Cowboy Joe,
Jesus said "render unto Ceasar".

The LDS Church - thus God - has stated "Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ... to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wivesmothers and fatherswill be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations." (see The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

The LDS Church - thus God - issued a statement concerning immigration that persons should obey the law in the country in which they live. (see LDS Church on Utah Compact)

The LDS Church - thus God - requires being honest with ones fellow man. (If you are LDS you know when this comes up.)

Also, 12th article of Faith; notice this statement of faith does not have a "except when" clause.

Williams, AZ

The law is the law, people want to mix law and what the bible says. I believe that what has happen and support the laws of this land.It has been placing a burden on the taxpayers for long enough and I for one is glad to see that they are doing their jobs. Churches need to stay out of the ways it's being enforce.

West Valley, UT

Nobody really wants to solve the illegal immigration problem. They merely want to use it as a wedge to further divide this nation and shift our focus away from more important issues, like out of control government spending.

The solution to the immigration issue is so simple. Make it a felony to employ illegal aliens. Illegals come here for one reason, JOBS. Start cracking down on companies that hire illegals and the jobs will disappear. When the jobs are gone the illegals will pack up and go elsewhere. Problem solved, and we didn't have to spend millions catching and deporting people.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

As I live in Texas, this debate hits very close to home. I used to be a very hard-liner on this but even before I knew of the church's stance on illegal immigration I changed my opinion.

We do need to secure our borders without question and we need to do this immediately. But, as soon as we accomplish this, we need to get our current illegal inhabitants into a system where they are legal and paying taxes with added fees for working here but with no easier way to citizenship than the current way. We have too many here for any other way to work and it is the most humaine way to do it. It is logical and helps the most people and creates more revenue for the USA.

Grantsville, UT

After reading some of the comments here... Lets open the boarders. Yah that is, that the ticket. What does religion have to do with it?
Lets look.

Americans across the religious landscape largely agree on a clear set of values that should guide immigration reform policy.

At least 8-in-10 Americans rated four values as very or extremely important guides to immigration reform: enforcing the rule of law and promoting national security (88%), ensuring fairness to taxpayers (84%), protecting the dignity of every person (82%), and keeping families together (80%). There are few significant differences among religious groups; for example, white evangelical Protestants are just as likely as white Mainline Protestants, Catholics, and the unaffiliated say protecting the dignity of every person is a very or extremely important value.

He commited a crime so it seems. What if he was not from LDS? Would you feel the same?

Grantsville, UT

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10, KJV).

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