The Mormon-owned Deseret News has been taking a relatively liberal stance toward undocumented Latino immigrants whose cause is supported heavily by citizens of Hispanic origin. The international church body based in Salt Lake City has had a longstanding mission presence in Latin America. In recent months, the church and Deseret Media have improved contacts with U.S. Hispanic groups, including establishing a free Spanish-language newspaper sympathetic to immigration reform. The effort to side with the growing minority in this country may have religious compassion at its root. But Mormons—like many evangelical Christians—also appear to recognize that family-value Latinos, a naturally conservative constituency, find more religious and political allies among liberal churches and Democrats than among conservative Republicans. But the newspaper's more liberal approach to the issues "has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers," according to the New York Times in its September 20 edition.
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