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The archbishop of Miami has said that immigrants are “the best and the brightest in our country” while calling President Donald Trump “Archie Bunker without the charm.”
Responding to Trump’s reported comments that Haiti, El Salvador, and certain African nations are “shithole countries,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who has been described as “a leading voice in the Catholic Church on refugee and immigration issues,” told Catholic media that the president is “channeling Archie Bunker without the charm.”
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Following accusations by Democrats that Trump had used the expression “shithole countries” during a closed-door meeting with them, the president denied having employed the term, though he acknowledged having used “tough” language.
In an interview with the online news outlet Crux Friday, Wenski called Trump’s alleged remarks “disappointing” while lauding the outcome of the president’s meeting with members of Congress since it will return the DACA issue to the U.S. Congress, where he believes it belongs.
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“By rescinding DACA and ending TPS, he’s basically thrown the ball back into Congress, which is where the solution has always lied [sic],” said Wenski.
“Both DACA and TPS were temporary solutions forcing people into limbo,” Wenski said. “If Congress acts—and acts in a right way—the DACA people and TPS people will end up in a better position.”
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Calling Trump an immigration “restrictionist,” Wenski suggested to Crux that the president’s words reveal “the true motivation of those that want to close the doors of our nations to immigrants.”
The archbishop also praised the contribution of immigration as an unmitigated benefit for the host nation receiving them, asserting that the best citizens of a country are those that emigrate.
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“As Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty suggests, these are precisely the immigrants that become the best and the brightest in our country,” he said.
“I think he has to understand that...
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