What Role Can Pope Francis Play in the Immigration Debate?

Pope_Francis_at_Vargihna“Pope Francis is a genuinely good and compassionate man. For that reason he is admired by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. That is why during his visit to the United States, as he spoke about a host of important social and economic issues, his words found receptive ears even among those who disagree with his positions,” says Dan Stein in a new op-ed in The Hill.

“Prominent among the topics he touched upon in his address to Congress, was his plea that the United States and other developed nations admit more immigrants. While the pope’s exhortation that we “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated,” should be universally embraced, his assertion that “We must not be taken aback by their numbers,” is problematic.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.