Pope Francis recently said that if the U.S. President still puts a value on pro-life principles, he should not rescind DACA, the Obama-era deportation relief program for people brought to the country when they were kids.
The Pope thinks Trump should not touch the program like a “good pro-lifer” who understands that the family’s unity needs to be protected as the family is the “cradle of life.”
The religious leader made the comments aboard of the papal plane during an impromptu news conference. At the time, he was flying back to the Vatican following a trip to Colombia. In that conference, the Pope also said that climate change deniers would be judged “harshly” by history.
The Pope admitted that he doesn’t know the specifics of the controversial program Trump now wants to terminate. He only knows that DACA was issued by the executive branch of the U.S. government instead of Congress. Pope Francis agrees that the law should be “re-thought.”
Trump and Pope Clash on Immigration
It is not the first time the Pope and Trump have conflicting views on a particular issue. In 2016, the Pope suggested Trump is “not Christian” since he is so obsessed with building his ‘big, beautiful border wall” between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump replied that no other man should question another man’s faith.
The Vatican also pushed back against the Trump administration’s plan to roll back DACA. A group of bishops called Trump’s ‘Dreamers’ decision “reprehensible” and “heartless.”
Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon accused the priests of a hidden agenda when they advocate for the DACA program. Bannon thinks that the Vatican needs illegal aliens because they fill its churches in America. The bishops fired back deeming Bannon’s comments “insulting” and “preposterous.”
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