Russell Pearce-Style Nativism on Blast at LDS-Style ‘Fireside’ on Immigration
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Renowned commercial trial attorney Daryl M. Williams has no problem telling you exactly where he stands on the subject of illegal immigration and how it intersects with his faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
During the summation of his recent hour-long lecture on the topic before a crowd of about 100 at a meeting hall in Mesa, he was both passionate and emphatic.
“I don’t believe you can be a good Mormon and hate illegal immigrants and want to deport them and break up families and leave children without their parents here,” he told attendees. “I don’t believe you can be a good Mormon and be a nativist.”
Interestingly, Williams sent state Senate President Russell Pearce a copy of his essay, asking for a meeting. Pearce never replied.
“I am disgusted by Russell Pearce,” he told me as the event was breaking up. “That’s why I’m here tonight.”
I asked him why we can’t have an Arizona Compact backed by Mormons here, since the LDS Church had supported Utah’s version.
“Let me tell you why,” he explained. “The problem is East Valley Mormons, who are sort of like sheep. They get behind a guy like Russell Pearce and they go, `You know, it must be the right thing.’