The spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Eric Hawkins issued a statement on the forced separation of immigrant families at U.S. borders:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long expressed its position that immigration reform should strengthen families and keep them together.”
“The forced separation of children from their parents now occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border is harmful to families, especially to young children. We are deeply troubled by the aggressive and insensitive treatment of these families. While we recognize the right of all nations to enforce their laws and secure their borders, we encourage our national leaders to take swift action to correct this situation and seek for rational, compassionate solutions.”
The statement refers to the current controversial policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families and placing them at a government facility when they are found at U.S. borders.