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Pope Francis' False Moral Equivalence on Abortion and DACA

On his flight back from Colombia, Pope Francis was asked about Trump's decision to end the DACA program for young illegal immigrants in the United States. In his response, the Pope condemns Trump's decision and makes a false seamless-garmentesque moral equivalence between his  immigration policy preferences and the intrinsic and grave moral evil of the slaughter of innocent human life in abortion. Here is the full exchange:

Q. Whenever you meet young people you always tell them: don't lose hope, the future. President Trump in the United States has abolished the "dreamers" law, which takes away the future for 800,000 kids who illegally entered when they were minors. What do you think about this?  

Pope Francis: "I heard about the abolition of this law, but I could not read the articles, about how and why this decision was made. I don't know the situation well. But to separate young people from their families is not something that bears good fruit either for young people or for the family. This law comes from the executive and not from Parliament: if that is the case, I hope that it will be rethought a little. I spoke with the president of the United States, who presents himself as pro-life. If he is a good pro-lifer, he understands the importance of family and of life: the unity of the family must be protected. When young people feel exploited, in the end, they feel hopeless. And what takes it away from them? Drugs, other addictions, suicide, which can happen to someone when they are separated from their roots. Anything that goes against people's roots takes away hope."

Source: La Stampa