Does the Pope’s View on Immigration Transcend Borders? Of Course!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

In Foreign Policy magazine, journalist Benjamin Soloway writes that the GOP may be in for a rude awakening when Pope Francis delivers an unprecedented address to Congress in September. He makes that assessment because the Pope has been outspoken on immigration. He notes that during the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America entering the United States illegally, the Pope, “… argued that the children should be ‘be welcomed and protected.’

Soloway cites authorities on the Catholic Church who think the public position of the Pope on immigration may even be more liberal than that of President Obama, with whom he will meet. And he suggests that President Obama will try to depict the Pope’s position as favoring his efforts to push for an amnesty for illegal immigration.

If Soloway is correct, as seems likely, it should not come as a rude awakening to anyone. The Pope is head of a church that transcends boundaries, and, therefore, naturally looks at the issue of immigration from a universalist position rather than from a national perspective that should be expected of policymakers who set rules for the nation that reflect the best interest of the nationals of that country.

For that same reason, the position of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “…opposes ’enforcement only’ immigration policies and supports comprehensive immigration reform.” Of course, the U.S. Catholic Church also has an interest in the welfare of its congregants who are illegally in the country, especially because the immigrant flow has contributed majorly to countering the increasing exodus from the Church of native-born Catholics.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Barbara Griffith on

    All I can say is to keep Jeb Bush out of the White House because he will be far worse than Obama about letting the world walk across both the southern border the northern border along with flying in. From what I understand the population of Florida is 80 percent Latino that’s one of the reasons he was governor of that state for so long. From what CNN is gushing about Jeb is that he would make a good president. I didn’t like his brother and I sure don’t him.

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    Someone needs to tell the pope that meddling in American politics could cost his “church” it’s tax exempt status.

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    The Pope seems to be a communist/socialist/Marxist. They will spend other people’s money until it runs out or we rebel. Plus they expect them to vote democrat and keep big government growing beyond all reason.

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    Maybe El Popo could spend less time trying to brainwash Americans into becoming the dumping ground for Third World trash and clean up on all the pedofile Catholic Priests running around molesting children.

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    The Pope is also head of a Church that has been in Latin America for several hundred years, yet does not seem to have improved the lot of that region’s poor in any significant ways. If anything, the Church’s prohibition on birth control seems to have aggravated poverty in the region. Latin America is NOT particularly poor in resources or abilities, and Mexico, which sends us the most illegal aliens of any country, is actually one of the wealthiest countries in the world, #14 in GDP. It is well able to provide for its own citizens without expecting us to.

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    I am sure the popa is throwing open the gates of Vatican City to make it one giant open refugee camp, right? I just know that the church is welling off its treasures and modern assets to donate to this cause and the unfortunate worldwide, correct? And trust funds are being set up for each and every immigrant child who migrates to the US and Europe courtesy of His Holiness, for sure? And all their current and future expenses are being billed back to th Vatican, true?
    Noooooooooooooooo? Then shut the hell up, you exploitative, clueless, hypocrite old man and stay locked in your gilded enclaves where YOU, of course, don’t have to deal with this riffraff.
    And all you moronic Catholics? Still drinking Vatican koolaid? I should be able to shift my portion of extra taxes, extra fees, and a calculation for decrease into YOUR paycheck, your social security checks, your Medicaid and Medicare allotment so that I do not continue to suffer for your idiotic support of this regime.

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    I’m sure after the Pope gives us lectures he will stop in Haiti and congratulate that country on its commitment to Catholicism. Haiti is so well loved that several of its Caribbean neighbors want them out. The Dominican Republic renounced the citizenship of Haitians born in that country, but you won’t hear about it in the MSM. Haitians are extremely good at propagating. So many offspring are produced that the families sell them as live in slaves known at restaveks. The website gives rankings. American just can’t get enough Haitians, now we have significant enclaves in New York and Florida contributing thousands of new children annually.

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      Great post and these things needed to be written & said more often. Clueless, sheltered, ignorant folks in flyover country and some other hamlets have zero awareness on what immigration is really about now–til it ruins THEIR communities.
      As to Haitians, as a former Floridian, I remember them being well disliked here and usually by other islanders. They tended to be nasty but most of all lazy. Also the largest group who complained about the special treatment of wet foot/dry foot and the darling of all groups down there–Cubans.

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    When It Comes to Illegal Immigration

    The cries of concerns from most Europeans and Americans being deluged with overpopulation throughout the world they did not cause, might as well be cast to a deaf ear, when it comes to “pig-headed” open border anarchists.

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    No offense to Argentina, but the United States has been a much more successful country than Argentina so forgive me if I don’t take the advice of someone from that country on how best to run our country. I have read that over half of the Vatican’s money comes from the US so I don’t think the Vatican should criticize the US too much and should get off their high horse. I also don’t think this is good PR on their part to be going around the world advocating people breaking other countries’ laws, especially after all of the scandals their church has had.

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    “The immigrant flow has contributed majorly to countering the increasing exodus from the Church of native-born Catholics”. Yeah, people who got sick of watching all the hypocrisy including priests moved from parish to parish after crimes against children. What he should do is apologize for all the policies of the church that permitted that.

    This is like a few years ago when the president of Mexico addressed Congress and wagged his finger in our faces and chastised us for our supposed mistreatment of citizens of his country, when Mexico is one of the most corrupt crime ridden countries on earth. Democrats of course loudly clapped.

    Not to mention that the Mexican constitution discriminates openly, forbidding all kinds of jobs, political offices, and military positions to those not born in that country. It also says that immigrants can be barred because their presence upsets the ethnic “equilibrium” of the the country. In other words, the Mexicans live in a very large glass house, but don’t hesitate to throw stones. [and if they do throw stones at the border, our president tells our agents they have to run and hide instead of defending our sovereign border]

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      Do not forget though, that George w bush was a huge open borders advocate. In fact, the only thing that iced over his plans for this was Americans wising up over 9/11. Look up the bromance Bush had with Vicente fox. Toward the end, fox was furious he couldn’t dump more Mexicans over here. Applause for those of us in FAIR, NumbersUSA, Dustin Inman Society, supporters of Border Patrols, and CAPS.
      Additionally, I echo your sentiments on the hypocrisy and the self-serving Mexicans. Who does the work Mexicans will not do? A number of tightly controlled, border-enforced Guatemalans. And believe it or not, there is national h/c in Mexico !