Will the Utah Mormon House of Representatives Vote In Support of Fixing the Broken Immigration System?Saturday, October 12th, 2013
I was really happy when Senator Harry Reid blasted Mitt Romney in September of last year when he said:
Mitt Romney ‘Sullied’ Mormonism, Isn’t The Face Of The Religion
But will the 4 Utah Mormon Representatives via Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffettz, Jim Matheson, and Chris Stewart be in support of legal immigration reform ideas recently passed by the Senate? We hope so because we are keeping track because we know that Bishop, Chafettz and Matheson did not support the DREAM Act vote in 2010 which would have given relief to students and children.
For the record, Mormon missionaries do quite well with converting thousands of people in Latin countries, but what good does that do when the Utah Mormon faithful who have political power in Washington DC do not practice what Mormons preach?
Let’s take a look at Mexico for instance. Matt Martinich conducts an LDS Church Growth Case Studies: Analysis of LDS Growth in Mexico City.
Tying with Delhi, India as the sixth most populous urban agglomeration in the world with 23.4 million inhabitants, the Greater Mexico City area or the Mexico City Metropolitan area covers two administrative divisions of Mexico consisting of the entire Distrito Federal and adjacent municipalities in Estado de Mexico. Mexico City has 42 municipalities that each have more than 50,000 inhabitants. No other metropolitan area in North or South America has as large of a population as Mexico City. The Church has experienced steady growth in Mexico City as indicated by the creation of new congregations, stakes, and missions over the past 50 years. In 2012, the Church reported 43 stakes in Mexico City; more than any other metropolitan area in the world outside the United States. In late 2012, the average stake serviced 544,000 people. ….
The number of stakes increased from one in 1965 to 13 in 1975, 20 in 1985, 28 in 1995, 41 in 2005, and 43 in 2012. The average number of wards per stake slightly declined between 2002 and 2012 from 7.97 wards per stake to 7.81 wards per stake. A map of LDS stakes and missions in Mexico City and surrounding areas can be found here.
There was a slight decline between 2002 and 2012 with regard to Mormon stake power. We know that Arizona politicians such as the ousted AZ Sen. Russell Pearce didn’t help the Mormon image any when it came to the Mexican community, and Mitt Romney didn’t help the image with his Kris Kobach and self deportation ideas when he ran under the Republican ticket in 2012 against Obama. According to the New York Times, Mitt Romney was the highest-ranking Mormon leader in Boston, yet he supported self-deportation ideas and advice from Kris Kobach who is the legal arm to many of these anti-immigrant laws.
Mormons expressed leadership with regard to the Utah Compact, but it really didn’t have any federal teeth because immigration is a federal matter. Immigration falls under the Supremacy Clause that is protected by our United States Constitution. Paying lip service will only get you so far, and the Mexican-American community is keeping track of the real power that matters.
Now we want to know if those 4 Utah Republican House of Representatives will do the good Mormon thing and support Immigration Reform in 2013.
If Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffettz, Jim Matheson, and Chris Stewart do not do the right and good Mormon thing, we will shed favorable light to who is running against them. [The obstuctionist Tea Party candidates are excluded unless Democrats are voting like them to begin with.]
We know that the below Democratic candidates will be running against Reps. Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop:
Utah Sen. Luz Robles will be running against Rep. Chris Stewart (who supported the government shutdown) and affection Utah’s National Park business.
And we also know that Donna McAleer is running against Rep. Rob Bishop. McAleer recently said: “Utah taxpayers will loan the
federal government $1.7 million, enough to keep five National Parks — Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef — and Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon and Cedar Breaks national monuments open for 10 days to stop the bleeding.”
Ms. Robles and McAleer are two powerful women, and since we have seen what men have done to our government — I think it is high time we start looking at women leadership. Compassionate women who know how to be responsible with our tax dollars.
Last but not least, if the LDS Church would like to have a strong pro-Latino, pro-Mexican image, I might suggest their Utah LDS leadership practice what they preach. If indeed they do believe we are all brothers and sisters in God’s family — why don’t the Utah Mormon Congressmen vote accordingly?
The case study conducted by Matt Martinich, have somewhat of dim outlook in Mexico City — and I’m confident it may be because of the likes of ousted Sen. Russell Pearce and Mitt Romney’s anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican views they have had. It’s high time we see LDS leadership step in and signal the importance of real legal immigration reform. The compact was a nice gesture — but we are now looking for federal teeth.
Prophet Thomas S. Monson … are you listening?
Low member activity and convert retention rates, disconnect between full-time missionaries and local members, no clear vision for church planting, and stagnant congregational growth in recent years predict little LDS Church growth in Mexico City for the foreseeable future. The organization of two new missions in Mexico City since 2010 suggests that the Church has revamped its reactivation efforts considering the number of convert baptisms appears unchanged and no congregational growth has occurred in Mexico City since 2010. The Church will likely create additional stakes in the coming years once there is a sufficient number of priesthood leadership to staff more stakes and congregational growth requires large stakes to divide.