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Latino Daily News

Sunday February 13, 2011

Utah Latinos call for Suspending Visas for Mormon Missionaries

Utah Latinos call for Suspending Visas for Mormon Missionaries

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A small group of Latino Utah residents are asking Mexico to suspend the visas for Mormon missionaries until the LDS Church takes a stand on immigration.

Raúl López-Vargas plans to deliver his petition to the Mexican Consulate of Salt Lake City on Monday. López-Vargas said he believes the LDS Church has the power to influence Utah lawmakers. “They have to say something about this problem,” he said.

“We have made our position clear on the Utah Compact and on the immigration issue,” said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter, referring to the church’s support for the document backed by a wide variety of community leaders. The compact calls for laws that “properly balance love for neighbors, family cohesion, and the observance of just and enforceable laws.”


Some argue that the missionaries are not involved and should not be used in the immigration battle.