Francis to Trump: pro-lifers don’t split families

Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis has said.

Flying from Colombia to Rome on Sunday night Pope Francis was asked about President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which allowed 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.

Mr Trump announced last week that he was phasing out the programme. His decision was strongly criticised by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope Francis said he had heard of Mr Trump’s decision, but had not had time to study the details of the issue. However, he said, “uprooting young people from their families is not something that will bear fruit”.

“This law, which I think comes not from the legislature, but from the executive – if that’s right, I’m not sure – I hope he rethinks it a bit,” the Pope said, “because I’ve heard the President of the United States speak; he presents himself as a man who is pro-life, a good pro-lifer. If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and its unity must be defended.”

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