Romney and His Church Disagree on Immigration

Unlike the Mormon frontrunner for the GOP nomination, the Mormon church is a friend to illegal immigrants. So good a friend, in fact, that it was instrumental in pushing through a law that would let illegal immigrants keep their jobs and stay in the U.S. through "guest worker" permits. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also actively supported the Utah Compact, which demands immigrants be treated humanely and condemns deporatation laws that tear apart families. While Mitt Romney has stressed his disapproval of the DREAM Act and other plans that offer a path to citizenship as "amnesty," the Mormon Church emphasizes immigration reform that aims to keep families together and promotes respect between neighbors. The Church is not without its own motive, however, as it finds many of its converts in the Hispanic communities of the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America by relating to the immigrant experience.