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Mormons initiated protection on aliens
|Last Edited||RP Nov 28, 2005 05:03pm|
|News Date||Monday, November 28, 2005 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The Mormon church arranged for a Utah senator to write a law to shield churches from prosecution for knowingly allowing illegal aliens to be ministers or do volunteer missionary work for them. |
Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released a statement saying the church asked Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican, to sponsor the provision, which she called a "narrow exception to the immigration act."
"The law permits churches to use the volunteer services of their undocumented members by insulating the churches from criminal sanctions for doing so," she said.
She said she would not answer any further questions, including why the church needs access to illegal alien volunteers.
He also said before the new law, churches already were shielded if they didn't know the person was illegal, so the only reason to have the amendment is to knowingly recruit illegal aliens.
"If you don't have a pattern of practice in which you actively recruit illegal alien volunteers, then you're in the clear before Bennett's amendment," Mr. Adams said.
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