At the border, Francis laments the ‘human tragedy’ of immigration

February 18, 2016 10:07 AM

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — As the United States heads into an election cycle in which immigration reform is destined to be a voting issue, Pope Francis made a politically charged stop at the US-Mexico border Wednesday to highlight what he called the “human tragedy” faced by migrants.

The pope said the world can no longer deny the crisis generated by untold numbers of people who have crossed deserts, mountains, and inhospitable zones, by whatever means necessary, to flee violence and poverty.

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