Archbishop Chaput on Trump's birthright citizenship repeal: 'A profoundly bad idea'
The Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput addressed Donald Trump’s call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants.
Archbishop Chaput, the main speaker of the night, stated that the Church is committed to helping migrants with the resources needed for their well-being. “The duty and the privilege of that commitment apply to all of us equally,” he said.
He added that he hopes Pope Francis’ visit will bring the country to a point of change and that immigration would be part of the discussion during the Congress of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
A member of the audience asked the Archbishop what was his personal position on sanctuary cities.
“I don’t think any part of our country should be exempt from the laws of the country. Now the laws have to be just laws, and some of the laws around immigration aren’t,” Chaput said. “I have financially supported people who did not have papers, I help them get through school and all kinds of things, because they weren’t given appropriate opportunities. But I wouldn't break the law in order to make a point, I just don’t think sanctuary cities are a very good idea, but I think we should be a sanctuary country.”