Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of President Donald Trump, announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to be able to come out of hiding, so they can hold jobs, pay taxes, and generally serve our country. 800,000 people have been protected by DACA since it was created in 2012 by President Barack Obama. Now the U.S. has betrayed its promise to the DACA Dreamers and is threatening to send them back to their "home country," where in some cases they don't even speak the language.
Lots of people find this despicable, and amongst them is the man who supposedly has God's number on speed dial. Pope Francis apparently thinks Trump's decision about DACA is pretty terrible, but he doesn't really seem to like Trump generally:
Like, he seems to hate him:
However he may feel about Trump personally, Pope Francis has a bunch of reasons to dislike his policies. They don't really jive with the church.
Time reports that during an in-flight press conference on Tuesday, the Pope was asked about DACA, and he was disgusted with the end of it. But he mostly centers his disagreement with Trump around the president's supposed commitment to being "pro-life."
"If he is a good pro-life believer he must understand that family is the cradle of life and one must defend its unity," said the Pope. "I hope they rethink it a bit. Because I heard the U.S. president speak: He presents himself as a person who is pro-life."
It certainly isn't pro-life to stop supporting people once they're out of the womb, so in that I suppose the Pope and I agree.
"I have the impression that it is doing all it can with humanitarian care to also resolve the problem it cannot take on," he said, describing Italy's investment in Africa, which include both humanitarian efforts and money to militia who guard the coast and stop refugees from fleeing.
Here in America, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has already denounced the Trump administration for ending DACA, calling it "reprehensible" and saying that it places "unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families." Hopefully, more religious leaders in the U.S. will get it right.