Mormon paper irks readers on migrant stance

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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