Pope Francis condemned the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy of separating children from their families at the southern border, calling it “immoral.”
“It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution,” the Pope told Reuters, later adding that populists’ immigration policies were “creating psychosis.”
Francis told the news service that he supports statements issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops, which has called the policy “immoral” and “contrary to our Catholic values.”
“Let it be clear that in these things, I respect (the position of) the bishops conference,” the pope told the news outlet.
The pope also voiced his support for immigrants on Twitter Wednesday morning, writing: “A person’s dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee. Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity.”
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 20, 2018
The pope’s remarks come after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible verse to defend the administration’s policy last week/
Sessions cited a passage that emphasizes the importance of following laws “because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”