Religion: Common Ground
for Immigration Reform?
by Anastasia Tonello
he Catholic Church is no stranger to the
headlines. As a Catholic, I am oen disappointed by
its focus in the media and its presentation and stance
on many issues.
However, since the selection and inauguration of Pope
Francis, much of the conversation in and around the
Catholic Church has changed. Last month, when the
Pontiﬀ met with President Barack Obama, immigration
became the latest issue to make international headlines
from the self-proclaimed "Pope of the Poor." Pope
Francis highlighted the struggles of migrants
and the oen inhumane U.S. immigration
policies and laws. A 10-year-old girl from
Los Angeles, who was able to speak to the
Pope, shared the story of her father whom
she hadn't seen for two years because
he was in detention. Shortly aer the
story broke, her father was released from
detention. USCIS claimed the two events
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