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.”