Monday, January 29, 2018

Our Cause Is Just - Now What Are We Going To Do?

We marched, my daughter and I, last February to protest trump's anti-immigration policies. We are now vindicated by the recent, official news release of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Mormon Newsroom which I cut and past in full here:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is established in 188 nations around the globe. Issues of immigration and legal status are of concern for many of our members. Most of our early Church members emigrated from foreign lands to live, work and worship, blessed by the freedoms and opportunities offered in this great nation.
Immigration is a complex and sometimes divisive issue. As we have stated before, we believe that our first priority is to love and care for one another as Jesus Christ taught. Each nation must determine and administer its policies related to immigration. The Church does not advocate any specific legislative or executive solution. Our hope is that, in whatever solution emerges, there is provision for strengthening families and keeping them together. We also acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its laws and secure its borders and that all persons subject to a nation's laws are accountable for their acts in relation to them.
We welcome the sincere efforts of lawmakers and leaders to seek for solutions that honor these principles and extend compassion to those seeking a better life. Specifically, we call upon our national leaders to create policies that provide hope and opportunities for those, sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” who grew up here from a young age and for whom this country is their home. They have built lives, pursued educational opportunities and been employed for years based on the policies that were in place. These individuals have demonstrated a capacity to serve and contribute positively in our society, and we believe they should be granted the opportunity to continue to do so.
So, now what?

Well, we've recently called and emailed and tweeted our Senators and Representative in Congress to share this LDS Church Policy. We've publicized it on our social media apps, spreading the Gospel, as it were. We've contributed to refugee settlement groups locally here in our community.

We encourage all to do the same and more if you have other creative and helpful ideas.

One thing you can do is cease any support of trump and his anti-immigrant agenda. Let me make it very clear. His statements, policies, positions, many of his supporters, all evidence that this anti-immigration movement is based on racism and "white" supremacy. Do we need any more hints from the LDS Church?

If you want, listen to trump's State of the Union Address tomorrow night. Think really hard if any of his positions on immigration could possibly be interpreted as racist or discriminatory towards certain groups of people or religions. Think really hard.

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