Pope Francis is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing on Sunday that it's important for young people to have roots.
“One hopes that it is re-thought somewhat,” Francis said of Trump's move last week to end the Obama-era policy, according to Reuters.
“In the end, young people feel like they have no hope,” the pope said. “And who robs them of hope? Drugs, other addictions, suicides — youth suicides are very high — and this happens when they are torn from their roots.”
“The president of the United States [...] presents himself as a man who is pro-life,” the pope added. “If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and you have to defend its unity.”
This isn't the first time Pope Francis has criticized Trump. During the presidential election, he questioned the president's faith over his plan to build a wall on the United States's southern border.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel,” Pope Francis said. However, he later said the comment wasn't “a personal attack.”
Trump, however, has continued to put pressure on Congress to act on immigration following his decision to end DACA, arguing that the issue requires a legislative solution rather than one from the executive branch.
“The legislative branch, not the executive branch, writes these laws — this is the bedrock of our Constitutional system, which I took a solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend,” Trump said in a statement last week.
However, in response to Trump ending the program, members of his own party have started speaking out, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who called out the president over the weekend, even urging Dreamers to come to Ohio.
“If the Dreamers want to go somewhere and live? Come to Ohio. We want all the immigrants to come to Ohio because we know how much they contribute to America,” Kasich said.