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Latino Daily News

Saturday November 13, 2010

Utah’s Catholic Church and Local Leaders Urge Humane Approach to Immigration Reform

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City joined other governnment, business, and religious leaders in signing the “Utah Compact” on immigration reform.

Representatives from corporations and businesses, state and city governments, community organizations and faiths stepped forward to lend support to what’s titled “The Utah Compact.” They’ve been working for several months to draft a statement to influence the tone of the discussion on the immigration issue

“I’m hoping that we can speak loudly and clearly that we do not want oppressive and Draconian legislation,” said Bishop Wester. “We do not want our state to take the place of the federal government” in enforcing immigation laws. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff concurred: “local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code,” he said.

The Utah Compact’s five principles begin with the idea of federal solutions to the problem. Bishop Wester spoke for championing policies that support families instead of separating them and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children.