Mormon church calls on leaders to back 'Dreamer' immigrants

Saturday , January 27, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is calling on national leaders to support “Dreamer” immigrants who the religion says have earned the right to continue to “contribute positively” to society.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday in a statement that it respects the right of nations to establish immigration laws, but called on leaders to create polices that give “hope and opportunities” for “Dreamer” immigrants. That refers to young people brought to the country as children illegally and raised here through no fault of their own.

“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,” the statement read.

The statement comes after President Donald Trump told journalists this week he favors a pathway to citizenship for those immigrants, embracing a notion he once specifically rejected.

The new statement aligns with the Utah-based religion’s past calls for a compassionate approach to immigration reform.

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