Both sides of the immigration debate are calling The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' statement on immigration a positive for them.
The LDS Church released a statement on Friday that said it discourages its members from overstaying a visa or entering any country without legal documentation. It went on to say that the church is concerned with any state legislation that contains only enforcement provisions, such as the Arizona immigration enforcement law, and showed what appears to be a sign of support of the guest worker program contained in Utah's House Bill 116, which is set to go into effect in 2013.
"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," said the statement issued by the church's public affairs department.
The statement also goes on to say that the issue will ultimately need to be resolved by the federal government.
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