Utah Paper’s Stance on Immigrants Causes Clash

The News’s push for a more liberal embrace of undocumented immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers... Hispanics are the most populous minority group in the country — and they represent a vast potential constituency for the Mormon church, which has already made considerable efforts to develop strong relations with Hispanic communities. Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
4.0
by Jon Mitchell - Sep. 20, 2010

This is a pretty interesting story about an element of the immigration debate that hasn't received much coverage.

Political sympathies are sometimes formed along unexpected lines. It seems in this case that the Deseret News really surprised its readers.

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Patricia L'Herrou
3.4
by Patricia L'Herrou - Sep. 20, 2010

the story is limited to what's published by newspapers owned by the mormon church whose hispanic numbers are growing.. nevertheless it is refreshing to read that there is a "conservative" publisher who is willing to write editorials which seem to contradict those of many within his church. nothing is mentioned about earlier news from utah when businesses were frustrated with the mass culling of illegal immigrants from jobs, because so many relied on them to perform the work at lower costs.

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Bradley Daniel Morgan
3.9
by Bradley Daniel Morgan - Sep. 29, 2010

There are many points of view presented in this story.

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Joseph W Kalb
2.7
by Joseph W Kalb - Sep. 20, 2010

This is story is slanted. The NY Times wants’ amnesty. the people in the story are called undocumented immigrants instead of illegal aliens. The Merman’s in Utah for the most part believe in the rule of law. Helping your neighbor's break the law is not the way to love them. I believe the paper's leaders are more worried about cheap labor than illegal aliens. I think Utah will follow Arizona’s lead.

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Felicia Dechter
4.0
by Felicia Dechter - Sep. 20, 2010

I thought the story contained a lot of good facts. It was fairly well-balanced and the writing was excellent.

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Carlos Rocha
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by Carlos Rocha - Sep. 24, 2010

It was an interesting story all the way around. The article was set apart in that it shed light upon an element of the immigration debate that is not often covered. Their were a number of reliable facts, everything was sourced correctly, had excellent balance, and the writing itself was praiseworthy. The New York Times acts as a watch dog, a catalyst causing the public to further voice their opinions on the immigration issue. I feel as though the article has cleared up most if not all of my questions that I had while reading the piece. In addition, the article expresses the importance of the issue in way that is easy to understand. By expressing feelings of the third-party viewers, the Latinos, the article further succeeded as a ... More »

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Seth Roberts Farber
4.2
by Seth Roberts Farber - Sep. 21, 2010

Intersections between religion and politics seem to pop up everywhere, but this is a topic I had not seen explored much before -- the Mormon Church's perspective on U.S. immigration policy. Jeremy Peters concisely introduces his readers to a few of the tensions within Mormon communities surrounding undocumented immigration. He presents prominent LDS church members who stand on either side of the controversy surrounding Arizona's restrictive SB 1070 legislation, reminding us that the religious tradition that has shaped public figures as disparate as Mitt Romney and Harry Reid is not as monolithic as some media narratives may suggest. He places the story within the historical context of Mormon experience as a persecuted ... More »

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