Pope Francis' immigration comments to CongressLast week I wrote about Pope Francis’ visit to America and predicted what he say to Congress. I felt that the Pope would directly address immigration, and I was right. When the Pope stood before congress, he focused on the American nation and the where our nation is headed. He brought up his heritage, talking about how he is the son of two immigrants and how that has affected his life.This was the introduction that Pope Francis used to start talking about immigration, and he had a lot to say. He asked us to maintain America’s reputation as the nation that takes in those who have nowhere else to go. In his words, In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. There is a lot to absorb in that quote, but let’s look at the main points.

  1. The first thing he talks about is that millions of people have come to this country because they want to build a life in freedom.
  2. Next he says that we need to remember that we are a nation of immigrants, and we need to remember how our ancestors were treated when they came to this country.

The Pope tried to make immigration a relatable topic that many care about. He tried to express that he truly cares about the wellbeing of everyone who comes to America. Pope Francis also addressed the refugee problems this world is facing, saying, “on this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved one, in search of greater opportunities. Is this not what we want for our own children? We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. This quote directly relates to the increase of refugee traffic from the Southern American continent, and calls for the United States to remember that these are living people that need help. Hopefully, the Pope made members of congress rethink their actions and a change in their policies. We have already seen one change however, with Secretary of State John Kerry announcing that he would like to see the number of Syrian Refugees in America increase to 75,000 in the recent future. While it is hard to say whether or not this change came as a direct result of the Pope’s speech, it no doubt aided in the decision.

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