SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement on Tuesday, outlining its stance on illegal immigration.The statement
specifically mentions the recently-passed House Bill 116, which allows for illegal immigrants to pay a fine and obtain a work permit in Utah.
The church statement offered praise for HB 116 and other legislation passed and signed in to law after the 2011 legislative session.
Part of the statement says: "The Church has spoken a number of times about the issue of immigration. Specifically, it has spoken in support of the Utah Compact and has described the package of bills passed by the Utah Legislature, taken together, as “a responsible approach” to the difficult question of immigration reform."
The Church reiterated its support of the Utah Compact as supporting the basic ideals of the commandment to “love thy neighbor,” the importance of keeping families intact and the federal government’s obligation to secure its borders.
The Church statement said that the package of recent bills, including House Bill 116 was a "responsible attempt" to address those principles.
Part of the statement refers readers to a February 28 Deseret News editorial, "A Model For The Nation
" as accurately reflecting the position of the Church regarding immigration reform.
In mentioning HB 116, the editorial said that the new law will allow illegal immigrants to legally work in Utah, "...without establishing a path to citizenship or granting amnesty."
----Information from: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.