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

  1. Judith   July 16, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Yes, L.T. you have accurately addressed the root cause of this Central American problem. The Catholic Church has been preaching against birth control as doctrine forever but does not accept responsibility in any way for the results to unrestrained procreation.
    “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.”
    In view of this statement, these immigrants should be traveling to the Vatican to be “welcomed and protected” and financially be cared for. The doctrine has resulted in millions of unaffordable children being brought into the world, in countless countries, and becoming throw- always or even worse, a saleable product. Armies of youngsters are turned out into the streets and societies of countless countries to fend for themselves in whatever way they can and are hunted like wild dogs by the governmental officials because no social structure can afford to provide for their needs. And fertile adults continue to procreate no matter the consequence to the unwanted children it produces.
    Shame on you Pope Francis. Shame on the Vatican and the church it funds and the hypocrisy it condones and promotes. Take responsibility, bring forth the billions of wealth the Vatican sits on and feed, house and care for these children you directly produced.
    Judithwf Legal citizen of/ In Lancaster, New York

  2. Jonathan Lee   July 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Where do the little kid get free plane ticket flying out from Honduras to Vatican.

    Pope please don’t separate the family. Fly the family out, asap.

    We want to embrace your welcoming arm and protected by the Highest. I’ll wash your BMWs, Gold statues, and transform your land holdings.

    I know you will no way for the man kind to call you hypocrite; pretending Vatican care about the kid by praying and replaying youtube information.

    BTW, don’t let people think Pope is racists, fly the people from Philippines and India to Vatican, too. These kids and their family are in deep coal of burning poverty, too.

    Of course, you will already have arranged planes to fly from USA to Vatican, for all the kids, some may be kids at heart. XOXO

  3. L.T.   July 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    At no point did his Holiness mention or advocate the usefulness of contraception, which would have been helpful to prevent this crisis.

  4. Winston Smith   July 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Tell this crypto communist to shove it!

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