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Archbishop Chaput on Trump's birthright citizenship repeal: 'A profoundly bad idea'

Archbishop Chaput on Trump's birthright citizenship repeal: 'A profoundly bad idea'

The Archdioceses of Philadelphia held a discussion on immigration in advance of the World Meeting of Families. Regional Catholic and immigration leaders…

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The Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput addressed Donald Trump’s call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants.

"At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast," the Archbishop said. "Some in public life — notably, but not only, Donald Trump — have called for an end to birthright citizenship. This is a profoundly bad idea."
The Archdioceses of Philadelphia held a discussion on immigration in advance of the World Meeting of Families. Regional Catholic and immigration leaders gathered on Tuesday to lead the panel “At Home Together: The Church and the Immigrant Family.”

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.

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“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.”

 

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