Utah activist Tony Yapias, who runs the advocacy group Proyecto Latino de Utah, is urging Mormon Hispanics to write letters to LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson requesting that the church take a position on laws that crack down on illegal immigration, such as Arizona's law that allows police, if they have reason, to check the immigration status of people on the street.
Church leaders have no comment on specific law, although its hierarchy has urged Utah legislators to show compassion on immigration legislation. As mentioned, the church should issue a strong stand on the issue. If it does not, it takes the risk of having its position being defined by others. These "others" are often extremists on an issue or persons already hostile to the church.