But according to Shurtleff's office, the Coalition is failing to recognize that while crimes committed by illegal immigrants fall in the state's jurisdiction, enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said in a statement: "Utah is making a significant difference targeting illegal aliens violating state laws and we must continue to insist that the federal government to do its job of securing the border." You can read the complete statement HERE.
The LDS Church decided to officially respond to the Coalition's statement. Their latest statement was first posted on the LDS Newsroom page:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the complexities facing elected officials as they grapple with the implications of immigration law, such as employment, security and budgetary considerations. The Church has not taken a position on this issue, which is clearly the province of government. However, Church leaders have urged compassion and careful reflection when addressing immigration issues affecting millions of people.
Elected officials who are Latter-day Saints make their own decisions and do not represent the position of the Church regarding immigration legislation. The Church recognizes that these officials make their own choices based on their best judgment and with consideration of the constituencies whom they were elected to represent.
Other prominent LDS members represented in the debate over illegal immigration include Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, who authored SB1070, and Hispanic activist Tony Yapias, the director of Projecto Latino de Utah, who wants the Church to promote more "compassion". Yapias has a son currently serving a full-time mission.