In regards to the immigration legality issue: The twelfth and thirteenth
Articles of Faith sum it up very well: we believe in obeying the law (12);
however, we also believe in doing good to ALL (emphasis added) men (13). So,
here is a question: if a person has done something amiss, is it my job to go on
the offensive and condemn him or be defensive and worry about myself and whether
or not I am keeping the law? Another good scripture, which defines my personal
view is Mark 2: 16-17.
I think that there are those of us who would be very inspired by the challenges
that our neighbors have faced and overcome, no matter where they are from.
While I feel that we should uphold the laws of the land, I also realize that
some of the laws are not family friendly. Why did we close our borders in the
first place? It hasn't stopped the drug runners or terrorists from getting
A quick junket on I-15 should be enough to convince just about anyone that each
and every one of us has a beam in our own eye when it comes to obeying the law.
I know that not everyone speeds all the time and I know that there are a few
people out there that never speed (I hope to be one of those someday). Yet I
suspect that (paraphrasing here) we all break the law and fall short of the 12th
Article of Faith.Don't get me wrong, I think that everyone should
advocate for obeying both immigration laws and traffic laws. I just think
everyone should pause before getting too worked up about the mote in their
I've never encountered such direct, uncluttered, implicit faith as I saw in
humble people on my mission in South America and working with the
Spanish-speaking Saints in an Illinois branch. It should humble all of us.
Please write your book.
Two comments: First, Write the book.Second. Victor
Hugo's book, Les Miserables should be applied to many laws including
immagration. While I agree that we should obey the laws, including immigration
laws, I also ask why do individuals rish so much to come here. For many it is
so that they can provide for their families i.e. "steel a loaf of bread to
feed their hungry child or nephew". For others it is more sinister
reasons.We need to look at this issue as the Saviour would on a case
by case basis. Very difficult and expensive and look at what we can do to help
alleviate the suffering these immigrants and their families experience forcing
them to believe their only hope is to try and sneak into the USA. Perhaps it is
migrant work visas or manual work visas. It is also micro-loans and investments
in their countries that can provide work as well as services that others will
want and us that will allow them to stay home and care for their families.What would you do to provide for your family if they were starving and
there was no walfare?
Please, definitely, write the book. Our experience with Latinos started with
my husband's mission to Mexico in 1955 and our mission as a senior couple
in Guatemala in 1997. Back home in northern California, he has been president
of a Spanish speaking branch and high council advisor to another branch. We
love those wonderful humble people and can easily understand why most of them
make the hazardous journey to what they hope is a better life in the USA. The
struggle isn't over when they arrive, but we can make it easier for them by
showing love and compassion and giving them any help that is within our power.
My wonderful wife and I do not agree with each other on the politics of
immigration. Although it might seem odd, the one of us that didn't serve a
mission in Central America is more flexible on immigration. We also vary on
other political views. But this does not stop us from loving each other and
looking forward to an eternity together.Perhaps attitudes might
change should one of our children someday bring home a fiancee whose presence in
the U.S. is less than fully acceptable under our nation's Byzantine and
arguably immoral immigration laws.I agree with Casey See. When it
comes to dealing with the technical legal status of immigrants, we should
consider what Jesus would do. Seriously. Each should study the scriptures, pray,
and find the answer to this question themselves.Write your book. It
may change hearts and minds.
Definitely please write your book. Any book on faith is a blessing, and as I am
a convert to the LDS faith, I love reading other conversion stories. We are all
brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, no matter where we
come from or how we got here!
None of the things that have happened to these people are any excuse for
breaking the law!
Hermounts: See mote / beam conversation above.I also served a
mission in Latin America, love the people, and regularly travel to and from
Latin America for my current job. I am for immigration reform, and
for enforcing the laws that are on the books until reformed.However, is it
my job to enforce them? No, it is that of the Federal Government and, in the
presence of their reticence to do so, the job of the Sovereign States. My job, as a disciple of Christ is to love all men, forgive others their
trespasses, and invite all to come unto Christ. I have committed far worse sins
than crossing a border illegally....Am I conflicted? Sure. Am I encouraging a better system of immigration? Yes, in every letter
and email to my congressmen. Am I still volunteering in the community, serving
some whom I know full well are here illegally? Yes, I am.
The Book of Mormon tells of groups of people who came to the church with great
faith; many having been ousted from their societies because of their
circumstances in life. Let us all hope that we do not have to be brought low
before we focus more attention on our spiritual status.
Yeah, tell all the Christian Evangelical dominionists that. It is the air they
breathe! Evangelical and all right-wing Christian sects tie politics into the
"second coming" and they ain't gonna change because it is what the
truly believe, even tho it is WRONG. For being "christian" they sure
don't believe what Jesus preached! I think they are ALL hypocrits.
Interesting comments…How many of you have lived in the slums of So Calif?
or Arizona? I served a state-side Spanish speaking mission and yes, there are
wonderful people who have had to overcome horrible things. We should celebrate
them, however, there are many, many evil and horrible people who are here
illegally who inflict horror and abuse and pain on many. (I saw much of that.)
The law is the law to weed out the evil and help the struggling. We should
enforce it. We should also pressure the Mexican and Central/South American
governments to take care of their people and make their lands ones of
opportunity. Righteous judgement was practiced by the Savior, anyone who leads
with the "we shouldn't judge" mantra is uneducated or just trying
to sell you something.
Jerry, I have read your work for years in "on-faith" section of the
Deseret News. Your instinct for what is right is always "spot-on."
Your articles are always compassionate, gentle, accurate and humble. You have
done a lot of good. If you feel you should write... write. Write
well. Write with feeling, depth and soul. Find the common thread. Drape our
lives against theirs. Perhaps a few hard hearts will soften. If
not, PRAY those people object, throw stones and picket Deseret Book.
Controversy will sell many, many more books. And more hearts will soften. It is a long road. But these stories really do need telling.
There are quite a few people who came to the US illegally, but who are a benefit
to our society, our economy, and our communities. We need to provide a way for
them to square themselves with the law and legitimize their presence here. The
State Organizing Convention of the Republican Party had the opportunity this
year to pass a resolution calling for precisely this, but the hard-liners in
attendance stripped that language from the resolution. As a Republican delegate,
that was disappointing to me, and gives me doubts about whether the
caucus-convention system is better than a simple primary.Apparently
crossing a border illegally or overstaying one's visa is the one civil
infraction for which there is no statute of limitations, no remedy, and no
mercy. I'm glad traffic violations aren't treated the same way,
because hardly anybody would still have a driver's license.