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Pope Willing to Confront Trump Over Border Wall

  • Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.

    Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 May 2019
Opinion

The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics around the world has repeatedly criticized Trump’s migration policies.

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that he is willing to confront United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump in person over the proposal to build a wall on the Mexico-U.S. border, adding that the administration’s migration policies are “cruel.”

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“I don’t know what’s happening with this new culture of defending territories by building walls. We already knew one, that (one) in Berlin, which brought so many headaches and so much suffering,” the pontiff said during an interview with Mexican media outlet Televisa.

The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics around the world has repeatedly criticized Trump’s migration policies. Back in 2018, he said that populism is not the answer to the world's migration problems, especially referring to the use of separating families at the border. 

On Tuesday, he mentioned to it once on this fact adding that  “separating children from their parents goes against natural law, and those Christians ... you can’t do it. It is cruel. It is among the greatest of cruelties,” concluding that such policies were “very sad.”

As the 2020 presidential race continues with Trump seeking re-election,  his “Build the wall” promise has morphed into the rallying campaign cry of “Finish the wall.” 

The whole funding request is based off a 2017 project presented by Customs and Border Protection officials to build or replace 1,162 km of fence along the Mexican border, with a total estimated cost of about US$18 billion. 

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