Dueling opinions present on immigration issue

Immigration is a heated issue, especially with a new immigration law enforcement law taking effect in Utah on July 1, and the opinions on the issue vary greatly. In the weeks leading up to the enactment of Utah SB81, which allows law enforcement officers to act was immigration agents, Aaron Petterborg and other members of the LDS Church have formed a new lobby group with the hope of providing support to immigrants. The group is called Missionaries for Compassion Toward Immigrants” and will lobby for a softer stand on undocumented people living in this country. Petterborg argues that the values of the LDS Church compel members to have a kind heart toward immigrants. “I think anybody that has given any decent attention to the church knows that it’s part of the doctrine of our church,” Petterborg said. “We’re taught to be good to people.” Petterborg says there’s no distinction in LDS doctrine between an undocumented immigrant in the United States and anybody else. Some Utah communities may be heeding such advice, as several law enforcement agencies, including the Salt Lake Police Department and the Utah Highway Patrol, have said they will not be enforcing SB81. Eli Cawley of the Utah Minuteman Project is on a campaign to change the minds of leaders of such agencies. “The purpose of SB81 is to deprive illegal aliens of jobs and benefits to take away the magnets that keep them coming to Utah and force them to leave the state and go back to their countries and work,” Cawley said. “That’s called self-deportation. They came here on their own. They walked, they swam, whatever they did to get here, then they can do exactly that leaving here.” Both Petterborg and Cawley appeared on Thursday’s edition of KVNU’s For the People program. Petterborg’s interview can be found by

<a href=”http://podcast.cachevalleydaily.com/FTP-06-11-2009A.mp3″>clicking here</a>

and Cawley’s interview is

<a href=”http://podcast.cachevalleydaily.com/FTP-06-11-2009B.mp3″>here.</a>

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