Pope Francis Also Thinks Trump's DACA Decision Is Dumb
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Pope Francis is echoing the majority of Americans who are questioning Donald Trump's decision to end Barack Obama's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"One hopes that is re-thought somewhat," Reuters reported the Pope told journalists on a plane ride home from his visit to Columbia Sunday.

"[President Trump] presents himself as a pro-life man," Francis said. "If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity."

The comment points out the irony of the popular Republican strategy to condemn abortion while also trying to eliminate social welfare programs that would benefit poor kids born into families that are not financially equipped to raise children. And now, of course, the same president who campaigned as a politician against abortion has ended a program that protected children of illegal immigrants from deportation. Pope Francis seems to think the uprooting of these individuals could have traumatizing effects.

"The relationship between a young person and his roots is very important," Francis said. "Young people who have been uprooted today are asking for help."

"In the end, young people feel like they have no hope. 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 Pope's comments, while nicer and more reserved, aren't far off from the criticism Hollywood stars and liberal politicians have hurled at Trump over his decision to end DACA.

"They have been here since childhood. They trusted the government. They are America. #DefendDACA," tweeted Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley").

Mark Ruffalo said Trump's decision was "a cowardly act" and called Trump's team "a cruel, vindictive and heartless administration intent on tearing at the very fabric of the American dream."

Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted, "Brought by parents, these children had no choice in coming here. Now they'll be sent to countries they've never known. Cruel. Not America."

The Pope has previously criticized Trump for his desire to build a wall along the Mexican border and deport all undocumented aliens, claiming it was "not Christian."

The duo met at the Vatican during Trump's tour of the Middle East and Europe last May.

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