Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Pope and a 5-year Old Child

If you were anywhere online yesterday then you probably heard all about Sophia Cruz, a 5 year old who not only crossed the barrier during the Pope's procession but managed to hug Pope Francis and deliver a note with a heart wrenching message. Her letter said...

Pope Francis, 

I want to tell you that my heart is very sad, because I’m scared that one day ICE is going to deport my parents. I have a right to live with my parents. I have a right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing metals. Immigrants like my dad feed this country. They therefore deserve to live with dignity, they deserve to be respected, they deserve immigration reform, because it would be beneficial to my country, and because they have earned it working very hard, picking oranges, onions, watermelons, spinach, lettuce, and many other vegetables. Don’t forget about us the children, or about those who suffer because they’re not with their parents because of war, because of violence, because of hunger.

Wow! Just wow.  I tried to read this out-loud to my daughter but couldn't get through it without crying. This letter was so emotional because Sophie's fears are the fears of thousand and thousands of children's fears. With one act this little girl has brought a very important issue to the forefront of the media. What an amazing little girl with a powerful message about immigration. 

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