Mormon newspaper advocates for protecting rights of illegal immigrants

Salt Lake City’s Deseret News has long been a voice of conservatism in the West — and for good reason seeing as the paper is owned by the Mormon Church.

The New York Times reported today
, however, that the paper has taken a stance supporting the rights of illegal immigrants. Of note is the fact that the Utah legislature is considering enacting a measure similar to one passed in Arizona earlier this year.

The Arizona law was sponsored by Russell Pearce, a Mormon. The law being considered in Utah was also written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Said Joseph Cannon, the paper’s editor, “What are the two commandments? Love God and love your neighbor. These people are our neighbors — incontestably, by any definition, they are our neighbors.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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