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Five-year-old U.S. Girl Gives Pope Message On Immigration

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 11:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


As his U.S. tour enters its second day, Pope Francis has been given a rather awkward surprise in the form of a powerful, politically-loaded message through a letter written by a girl who was part of the crowd lining the street as he visited Washington.

During the motorcade on the National Mall, Pope Francis stopped to kiss babies and children. One young girl got through the barrier and handed the Pope a letter.

At first, security stopped her, but the Pope signaled for her to come over. The crowd cheered as a guard lifted her to the Pope.


In a video posted on The Guardian, the girl, identified as five-year-old Sophie Cruz from Los Angeles, reads the letter.

“Pope Francis, I want to tell you that my heart is sad, and I would like to ask you to speak with the President and the Congress in legalising my parents because every day I am scared that one day they will take them away from me,” she said.

Cruz described herself as an “American citizen with Mexican roots.”

Her parents immigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Her father, Raul, had a yellow T-shirt that read “Papa Rescata DAPA!”, according to the Guardian. The T-shirt’s message asks the Pope to save the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, a programme that seeks to postpone deportation for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.