Pope Francis: Immigrant Children Coming to U.S. Need to Be Protected

Pope Francis: Immigrant Children Coming to U.S. Need to Be Protected

Pope Francis wrote on Monday that the tens of thousands of immigrant Central American and Mexican children who are illegally coming into the United States need to be “welcomed and protected.” This is only a few days after President Obama went to Texas and vowed to find a solution to the U.S. border crisis. The Pope claims that the children’s human rights are being dishonored.

He stated that many people who have to migrate suffer, and often end up dying tragically. A lot of them have their rights are violated. They are often separated from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be subjected to racist and prejudiced attitudes. The Pope also encouraged that nations support development in the Central American countries that people are attempting to flee.

There have been huge groups of undocumented immigrant children and their mothers from Central America who have been deported after President Obama determined in June to speed up deportations. In reply to the record numbers of immigrants that had entered the U.S. over the past year, Texas Governor Rick Perry had said the president had not done enough to stop the flow of unauthorized immigrants.

In a letter that was read on Monday at a Vatican session, located in Mexico City, on human migration and development, Pope Francis had written that migration was now a hallmark of society and also a challenge.

The pontiff called on numerous different nations, besides the United States, to become more hospitable towards immigrants, singling out the ever rising number of children who travel alone as deserving special attention and care. He stated that children coming over are increasing each day, in reference to the amount of unaccompanied child migrants who are trying to cross the U.S. borders. He added that charitable emergency requires, as a first crucial measure, these children be protected and welcomed.

Pope Francis ended his letter by stating that international communities needed to inform immigrants about the dangers they faced before they took off on their journeys and instead promote safe development in their home countries. In an additional news statement, the Vatican stated that since October of 2013, the United States has detained about 57,000 unaccompanied children. That is about double the number from the same time last year.

Repeating: in a letter that was sent to a Vatican session in Mexico City on human relocation and development, Pope Francis had written that immigration had become a trademark of modern society. He stated that most people who are forced to migrate suffer greatly and many times die tragically. Many of their rights end up being violated and they are separated from their families.

They, unfortunately, have to endure both racist and prejudiced attitudes. The pope wanted to draw special attention to the emergency that is going on at the U.S. border. Pope Francis stated that not only must the children be greeted but the world has to start promote safe development in their own home countries.

By Kimberly Ruble


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