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Letter: Romney’s stance on immigration out of step from his religion

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:04 pm | Updated: 3:55 pm, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration is not on the same page as his religion. It should be vividly noted especially here in Arizona, the church neither discriminates against the undocumented nor denies them access to a Mormon temple or to any of the ordinances prescribed for adherents of the LDS faith.

This attitude of openness within the Mormon church’s statements on immigration, argue against restrictive state enforcement measures, such as Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, and against the separation of families. The LDS Church also supports the Utah Compact. In 2011, it supported the passage of a package of laws in Utah that included a state guest-worker program.

Yet in spite of the church’s admonition to the faithful to love individual’s immigration status, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has copped a hard-line stance on immigration, saying a pathway to legalization for undocumented individuals is “amnesty.” His proposed plan makes life very difficult for these immigrants, hoping they will self-deport.

It would seem to me LDS members have a very difficult task. Vote for an LDS Bishop who is not following the teachings of his church or believe in the teachings of the church and vote against him.

John Chiazza


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