Pope Francis: Trump may not be 'pro-life' if he ends DACA
President Donald Trump may not be as “pro-life” as he has previously professed himself to be, Pope Francis said Monday, if he does indeed rescind a program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, thereby exposing them to possible deportation.
"The President of the United States presents himself as pro-life and if he is a good pro-lifer, he understands that family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected," the Pope said Monday, according to a CNN report, aboard his plane as he returned to the Vatican from a trip to Colombia.
Aboard his plane Monday morning, the Pope put the onus back on the president to make sure that Dreamers are protected. "I think this law comes not from parliament but from the executive," the Pope said. "If that is so, I am hopeful that it will be re-thought."
During last year’s campaign, Pope Francis suggested that Trump was “not Christian” because of his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. During a visit to Mexico, the Pope also celebrated mass in Ciudad Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, and prayed near the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a statement released by his campaign, Trump responded to the Pope’s “not Christian” remark by saying that “if and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”