Media CenterFrom NYT: Immigration at Center of Pope's Visit to Mexico-US Border
Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Mexico February 12 - 17, an article on the New York Times looks at the role immigration may play in His Holiness' message during his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, and quotes Catholic Relief Services staff:
Immigration has been a hot-button campaign issue particularly among Republican hopefuls such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who have taken an increasingly hard line with Trump vowing to deport the more than 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and Cruz aiming to end birthright citizenship for their U.S.-born children. It is also an issue close to Francis' heart, and while analysts doubt he will wade too blatantly into the political thicket, his very presence along the border speaking on the issue will turn heads.
"Migration is a complicated situation and he's not going to ignore the demands of national sovereignty ... (but) he's calling for a more open and generous approach," said Tom Quigley, former Latin America policy adviser for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "You can't assume that he's going to say 'You all come,' but he will clearly be urging the United States government, implicitly at least, to find ways of addressing the reasons why people are leaving El Salvador and Honduras and other countries."
Read the full article, Immigration at Center of Pope's Visit to Mexico-US Border, on the New York Times.