Pope Francis encourages young US immigrants to keep dreaming




 

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged young immigrants who may be affected by the Trump administration's decision to end a programme protecting them from deportation to keep dreaming.

Speaking by video hookup with young people in Texas, Puerto Rico and a handful of Latin American nations, the Pope urged all countries to welcome immigrants and for newcomers to respect the laws of the places they are living.

President Donald Trump has said he is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, programme and asked Congress to come up with an alternative.

"The first thing I want to tell you is that I'm praying for you. The second thing is to continue to dream. And find people who love you and want to defend you in this difficult moment," the Pope told the young immigrants.

DACA has protected about 800,000 people, many of them college students or young professionals, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with family members who overstayed visas.

The Pope has already said, in response to a question about Trump's plan to end the programme, that anyone who professes to be "pro-life" should keep families together.

The Pope' comments came in a video hookup with students involved in Scholas Occurentes, a programme he developed as archbishop of Buenos Aires to encourage dialogue among youths from different countries and cultures.

As pope, the Pope has elevated the programme to a foundation of pontifical right, enabling it to enjoy the full support of the Holy See.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office
Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself an "absolute no" on statehood for Puerto Rico as long as critics such as San Juan's mayor remain in office, the latest broadside in his feud with members of the U.S. territory's leadership.

Iran warns U.S. and Israel of revenge after parade attack
Iran warns U.S. and Israel of revenge after parade attack
  • World
  • 2018-09-24 17:58:02Z

The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards also accused the United States and Israel of involvement in the attack and he said they should expect a devastating response from Tehran. In the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, thousands packed the streets to mourn the victims of Saturday's assault, many chanting "Death to Israel and America". Twelve members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were among the 25 dead.

The Latest: McCabe says Russia probe could be
The Latest: McCabe says Russia probe could be 'at risk'

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local):

New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm
New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political."

Trump
Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new sexual misconduct claim
  • World
  • 2018-09-24 05:51:51Z

Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit by a second accusation of sexual misconduct Sunday, leaving Republicans scrambling to save a confirmation that until recently had seemed all but certain. The latest claims of impropriety during Kavanaugh's youth came as he

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.