Child Immigrants to US Need to Be Protected, Welcomed

July 16, 2014 12:15 AM

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Pope Francis is calling for urgent action to protect the tens of thousands of children who make their way alone from Central America to the United States.

In a letter read at a Vatican-organized conference in Mexico City, Francis said these children need to be welcomed. He added that after leaving their families and escaping violence and poverty, they are met with racism and xenophobia when reaching the U.S. border.

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