Around the world, debate on the immigration question has become intense. That is especially so in the United States. Most Americans agree that the federal government of the United States should secure its borders and sharply reduce or eliminate the flow of undocumented immigrants. Unchecked and unregulated, such a flow may destabilize society and ultimately become unsustainable.
As a matter of policy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discourages its members from entering any country without legal documentation, and from deliberately overstaying legal travel visas.
What to do with the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants now residing in various states within the United States is the biggest challenge in the immigration debate. The bedrock moral issue for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how we treat each other as children of God.
Read the entire statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
7 Replies to “Immigration: Church Issues Statement”
This isn’t a new statement. It’s from June 2011. It was NOT issued in reaction to President Obama’s recent actions.
When did scriptures change? Love thy neighbor. Just love thy neighbor
Um..that’s incredibly simplistic
Yeah, love is simple
D&C 58:21 Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land.
“Most Americans agree that the federal government of the United States should secure its borders and sharply reduce or eliminate the flow of undocumented immigrants” However, “Most Americans” don’t send their sons and daughters abroad for 18-24 months with an expectation that they’ll be treated fairly and compassionately. I also love the 12 Million figure – I’m sure that by the time the 2016 elections roll around – the number will swell to 120 Million. Nothing new here – just more “right wing banter” dressed up in Sunday Best. You can turn off the Immigrants when there’s “no more room in the inn”, and not before then…
if illegal immigration is ok then there’s no such thing as legal immigration. Should there just be no laws? there’s a name for that…