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Catholic Cardinal Condemns Donald Trump's Immigration Policy

A Catholic Cardinal Majorly Condemned Trump For His "Immoral" Immigration Policy

US cardinal Daniel DiNardo listens during a press conference at the North American College on March 5, 2013 in Rome. The Vatican said Tuesday that the date for the conclave to elect a new pope could be set before all cardinals have arrived in Rome, as five electors were still missing from the roll call.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO,ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

On June 13, Catholic Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo publicly criticized President Donald Trump's immigration policy and its horrific impact on immigrant families. According to CNN, since May, hundreds of children have been separated from their parents after attempting to cross the border. How would DiNardo describe the behavior toward these families? Well, he put it plainly and simply: it's immoral.

After being caught at the southern border, children have been torn away from their mothers while they breastfeed, daughters are taken from their fathers, and many parents don't know where their children end up. These families are separated while the parents await prosecution, and the children are handed over to the Health and Human Services Administration For Children and Families in the meantime.

DiNardo condemned the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policies at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' general assembly, where he serves as president, and affirmed the belief that families are instrumental to the function of society. He reminded the government of the "irreparable harm and trauma" young children can be exposed to when separated from their parents.

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"While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety," DiNardo stated. "Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral."

It appears DiNardo took a note out of Pope Francis's book by advocating for these families and vocalizing his opposition. The next move is Trump's.

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