Changes needed on migrants says Pope denouncing racist, xenophobic attitudes

Allisen Stephens, 4, holds a sign at a vigil in support of refugee children and their families in Murrieta, California July 9, 2014. Murrieta has been at the heart of an immigration debate over where to hold and process the surge of illegal migrants crossing the border from Mexico in recent months. The sign reads, “My home is your home.”

Pope Francis says migrant children in the United States need to be welcomed and protected, as churches from many traditions face up to the impact of population movement.

“A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone,” said Francis in a July 14 letter to the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development.

He said the numbers of children undertaking hazardous journeys “are increasing day by day,” the Vatican press service said.

“Many people forced to emigrate suffer and, often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes,” said the Pope…

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Sayings like “My home is your home” refer to hospitality to guests (temporary), not hordes of invaders (permanent).

It is cheap shot and highly misleading.

Try seeing how welcome white Americans would be in large numbers settling permanently in Mexico.   Such sentiments as this would not be forthcoming.