Saints from around the world convened on Temple Square yesterday, and here’s my report of the conference proceedings–of two immigration bills before the U.S. Congress. I’ll summarize some of the public policy choices offered by the proposed changes, then end with these questions:
Do LDS scripture and teachings inform your/my/our attitudes towards U.S. immigration policy, and, should they?
But first, here are some notes on the context in which we find ourselves:
- Through the mid 20th century, U.S. laws regarding who could immigrate to the U.S. (and who could become a citizen) were racially restrictive, with a judicially and legislatively expressed goal of shaping the U.S. populace to be “white.” As one of various instances of this, in 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act preventing Chinese from immigrating here. As another, in 1921, Congress established a temporary quota system expressly designed “to confine immigration as much as possible to western and northern European stock”; this quota system was made permanent in the National Origin Act of 1924 (these quotas were ended in 1965).
- The U.S. response to the presence of large numbers of illegal immigrants has been varied. In the early 1930s, we [Read more...]