Mormon Church Backs Immigration Reform

Now that the full economic impact of Arizona’s SB 1070 is becoming clear, other states that had considered taking up similar immigration measures are having second thoughts.  Take Utah, for example, where a number of state and local governments, corporations, businesses, community and faith groups are promoting the Utah Compact- a declaration of principles they hope will guide Utah’s immigration discussion.

The Utah Compact, which has among its most vocal backers the Mormon Church, acknowledges that:
    immigration is a federal policy issue
    local law enforcement should go after dangerous criminals
    family immigration is important
    immigrants add to the local economy
    Utah should welcome immigrants

This is a far cry from the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, previously the only pending piece of immigration legislation and one that is largely modeled after Arizona’s law.  In short, the IEA is a bill that would require Utah police to check the immigration status of anyone they arrest if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the individual is undocumented.

The broad coalition of support for the Utah Compact is significant, not just because it brings together power brokers in Utah politics like the LDS and business leaders, but because it reflects a certain economic honesty in the immigration debate.  State and local governments simply do not have the resources required to go on immigrant witch hunts, nor do they have the economic security to withstand blistering economic boycotts. 

The Utah Compact reflects both a moral position–that immigrants should be welcomed and that there is a proper way to deal with undocumented persons–and a fiscal position–that immigration is in fact healthy for a vibrant economy that needs to drive the debate over immigration reform.  For too long the voices of fear and demagoguery have shouted over voices of reason.  Kudos to the business and faith leaders in the state of Utah for recognizing the need to change both the focus and the tone of immigration reform.

photo courtesy of Barnaby via Flickr


LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you.

donald baumgartner

If we CLOSE the door, please send the Statue of Libert back to the previuos owners. Let us help them get their citizenship.

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

@Patricia S.

"Frank S,
Just wait until you see yourself totally outnumbered by them. In some locations at malls, I am truly in the minority. The clerks speak in their language, there are so few white people shopping."- Patricia S.

Wait a minute Patricia S. , I just looked up the Hispanic population demographics for Epping NH. And also for the entire state of New Hampshire. The facts say the white population in Epping is 96.6%. Now where in the world do you get all these figures of waves of Hispanics swarming around you like bees from?

Epping NH

Population - 5,476

2000 U.S. Census data
The median age for residents in Epping, NH is 35.8 (this is older than average age in the U.S.).
Families (non-single residences) represent 72% of the population.

New Hampshire (Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009 (b) 2.8%15.8% (Note second numbers denote U.S.A. Percent of)
White persons, percent, 2009 (a) 95.3%79.6% Black persons, percent, 2009 (a) 1.4%12.9% American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2009 (a) 0.3%1.0% Asian persons, percent, 2009 (a) 2.0%4.6% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2009 (a) Z0.2% Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2009 1.1%1.7% Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009 (b) 2.8%15.8% White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2009 92.8%65.1%

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Here in Texas, the projections are that by 2020 Hispanics will become the majority here, while Anglos will fall to second place and will also be much older ( 65 and older by 2040) It seems that this trend will continue throughout the southwest and then nationwide because of the declining Anglo birthrate, and the aging Anglo population. I personally think, that having Hispanics serving our country is a plus, because of their great courage, loyalty, and strength, which will be needed as more and more of our people retire! Not only that, but like it or not, we need a vibrant force of young people to defend the country if ever needed!

“Diversity. The Texas State Data Center projects that by 2020, Hispanics will make up the majority of Texas’ population, while Anglos will fall to the second-most populous ethnicity (Chart 5). By the year 2040, Hispanics will account for over 50 percent of all Texans, while one-third of the population will be Anglo. Blacks are expected to make up 9.5 percent of Texas’ population in 2040, and other races (not Anglo, black or Hispanic) are expected to grow to almost 6 percent of the population.[6]”- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

The Face of Texas
Jobs, People, Business, Change
The Changing Face of Texas: Population Projections and Implications
D'Ann Petersen and Laila Assanie
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
October 2005

Rosalind R.
Rosalind R.5 years ago

Just make sure they pay their fair share of taxes!
AND, don't live off of Americans who do pay their taxes!

Patricia S.
Pat S.5 years ago

And I'm not living in the south, either!

Patricia S.
Pat S.5 years ago

Frank S,
Just wait until you see yourself totally outnumbered by them. In some locations at malls, I am truly in the minority. The clerks speak in their language, there are so few white people shopping.

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Mormons are smart, they know that the Hispanic population is exploding in this country. They also know that Hispanics will play an important in the future of the United States of America. They also will become a major force in politics as well, with their growing economic power. I was surprised to go on MSN one day not to long ago and see MSN Latino. All I could say was wow, this is really cool! I remember when I was a teen I used to feel sorry for grandpa because all he had to read were some old magazines which he used to read over and over in Spanish. Also not even a Spanish language TV channel, except for maybe an hour of radio music in Spanish to listen to in central Texas. Now Spanish programing is big money! I fully expect more and more businesses will begin catering to the booming Hispanic population in the future!

Hispanic purchasing power projected to reach $1 trillion by 2010

“U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has surged to nearly $700 billion and is projected to reach as much as $1 trillion by 2010, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence®. The rate of growth is nearly three times the overall national rate of the past decade and will propel the aggregate disposable income of the nation's largest minority group to $699.78 billion in 2004, according to a HispanTelligence® analysis of data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.”- market-news-article

Rooibos Bird
Rooibos Bird5 years ago

"Nothing about the early Euro immigration to North America was legal."

Norm: Enough with the incomparable "history" lessons PRIOR to the advent of nation states with codified law and legal process, please.

Compare apples to apples and not apples to
oranges. That tired old refrain because one doesn't have a defendable position really is quite transparent. We're talking about LEGAL immigration versus ILLEGAL immigration as defined by law. There are LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants. In the time period you're trying to compare with, there wasn't. Enough with the red herrings and diversions, thank you!