Pope Francis has criticised United States president, Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that is leading to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, describing it as immoral.
The Independent reports that Pope Francis expressed his displeasure over the policy in an interview with Reuters.
Legit.ng gathers that the pontiff said that "populism is not the solution" to America’s immigration crisis.
Defending the policy, President Trump said it was necessary. He claimed that his political opponents wanted “illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like (the gang) MS-13”.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Donald Trump announced his intention to bring an end to a programme that has allowed approximately 3,600 Liberians to stay in the US for over two decades, giving them one year to leave the country or face deportation.
The president and his allies seek to quietly but steadily change immigration in America by reversing previous presidents' executive actions.
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An immigrant advocacy group called Trump's move "harsh, cruel, and disgusting."
The program, called Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is for Liberians who in the past were granted what's called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), after the civil war in Liberia. In 2007, President George W. Bush ended TPS for Liberia, but allowed recipients already in the U.S. to apply for DED instead, an action President Barack Obama renewed throughout his two terms.
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