Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

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Archbishop, Pope Speak Out Against US Immigration Policy

June 20, 2018 - 8:47 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson joins the chorus of religious leaders speaking out against current U.S. immigration policy that separates immigrant parents from their children at the border.  

In a written statement, Archbishop Carlson says he joins his brother bishops in condemning the use of family separation at the U.S./Mexico border as part of the administration's zero tolerance policy. 

The Archbishop says while he understands the need to have secure borders, it is in his words inhumane and morally unacceptable to separate children from their parents.  He's calling on Catholics to write to the President, the Attorney General and members of Congress to insist this enforcement practice comes to an end. 

Pope Francis has also spoken out about the policy on Twitter, saying “Do not let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbor in need” with the hashtag #With Refugees.