Church repeats call for 'civil discourse' on immigration

by | Jul. 19, 2010

News from Utah

With "Utah's list" and "Arizona's legislation" being the buzz words of late, the local spotlight on immigration now moves to Gov. Gary Herbert's upcoming roundtable discussion Tuesday morning.

And the LDS Church — which was invited to provide one of the 30 participating roundtable representatives — has repeated its call for "careful reflection and civil discourse" regarding immigration issues.

When Herbert first announced the event earlier this month, the immigration focus was Arizona's controversial, divisive legislation and Utah's role in state reform.

Trumping that was last week's public release of a list of 1,300 supposedly illegal immigrants, a list compiled by what Herbert called a "small rogue group" of state employees. The list's release has prompted a state investigation and has drawn leaders from both sides of the hotly contested issue to unite in a call for civility.

And that sets the tone for Tuesday's roundtable, mirroring the latest statement on immigration reform from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The complex issues surrounding immigration are a matter of increasing concern and debate for all in this country," said LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy in response to the Deseret News' questions on immigration issues.

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