Immigration reform is an important issue to me personally. When I look at a political map of the world, I see nothing but artificial boundaries. I have trouble understanding why one family should be punished for living on the poor side of an artificial line and another blessed because they were born on the affluent side.
For me, the best way to “defend” the USA’s southern border is to help stabilize the Mexican economic and political situation. Building a fence and adding more border guards is not the ultimate answer. And as Christians, we need to assist economic refugees, and work to keep their families together.
Thus, I was happy to read the following reported by Matt Canham (sltrib, 8 Mar 2013)
President Barack Obama’s outline for immigration reform matches the values of the Mormon faith, according to Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church’s governing First Presidency.
Uchtdorf joined 13 other faith leaders in a meeting with Obama on Friday, where the president asked them to support a reform effort that would streamline the legal immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
“He just said in this value process we need to stand together and make sure the United States is still a place where people can come and, once they com, feel not at fear. And do it, of course, in a lawful way,” Uchtdorf told The Salt Lake Tribune in a brief interview as he left the White House. “He was talking about his principles and what he said was totally in line with our values.”
Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who was instrumental in the writing of the Utah Compact and has established ties to the Obama White House through his spot on the board of the National Immigration Forum, called Uchtdorf’s involvement “really significant” because politicians listen to their faith leaders.