Immigration Affects Families

Until laws are changed we must still honor and obey the law. I believe in obeying and sustaining the law, especially laws that are constitutional, and fighting against laws that are unconstitutional!

How shocking it is when elected officials in high places ignore the laws they swore to uphold. Although I admire immigrants who risked their lives to escape persecution, they are still bound by the law.

Deportation must be addressed with love and compassion

Robert Bennet’s statement1 is not completely correct. If Americans want to deport more illegal aliens we can. Churches and governments can be notified in advance. Route schedules can be planned. Volunteers can commit food, money, supplies and transportation services. At their own expense, thousands of Americans will be happy to drive illegal aliens south from one point to another. Using every form of media available we can ask citizens in receiving nations to take them in and care for them as their own.

Immigration affects families

Many illegal aliens are part of extended families. Keeping family units together is wise. Decisions must be made with love and respect for families, especially when children are involved.

Creating Constitutional-Friendly Americans

I’ve heard several immigrants speak with tender feelings about their experiences becoming a citizen. The path wasn’t easy. They took classes about our great constitution and later took an oath of citizenship. I was touched.

Other ideas from Utah

Many intelligent people in Utah have contributed insights worth considering. Here are just a few:

“The Utah solution that is emerging would weed out dangerous criminals without overburdening local law enforcement. It would hold employers and employees to account for compliance with the laws. But it would also provide a pragmatic way for hardworking but undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and contribute productively without creating a path to citizenship.”2

“Members who emigrate to any country should comply with applicable laws.”3

“The Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.”4

Footnotes

1 Robert Bennett: Immigration reform should demonstrate ‘love of neighbor’, Deseret News, April 21, 2014

I’ll quote his statement here, “To those who insist that we can eliminate all the illegal aliens currently here if we “just enforce the law,” I say, “Really?” No one knows the exact number of foreign nationals living here without proper status, but most estimates are in the range of 12 to 13 million. That’s four times the population of the state of Utah and eight times the population of all state and federal prisons combined. With all the other challenges and demands on our tax dollars that we have in our country, do you really believe we could create a police force large enough to round up, interrogate and deport over 4 percent of our population?1

2Editorial: A model for the nation

3Emigration of Members

4Immigration: Church Issues New Statement, OFFICIAL STATEMENT — 10 JUNE 2011