Pope Francis is a huge supporter of open borders and mass migration.
That led him into conflict with Donald Trump.
But he took on Trump over the migrant caravan and it could backfire in one major way.
Pope Francis praised the migrant caravan in recent comments.
He claimed Euope was built by migrants.
“Europe was not just born like that,” the pope told a delegation of Scalabrini missionaries in off-the-cuff remarks in the Vatican Monday. “Europe was made by many waves of migrants over the centuries.”
Using the example of the “caravan traveling from Honduras to the United States,” Francis said that migrants prefer to stick together, to move as a group rather than to go it alone like “free agents.” In this way, migrants form their own “communities.”
“I am the son of migrants,” the pope said, “and I remember in the post-war period — I was a boy of 10 or 12 years — when, where my father worked, Poles began to arrive to work, all migrants, and I remember how well they were received.”
“Argentina has this experience of welcoming, because there was work and it was also needed,” he said. “And Argentina — from my experience — is a cocktail of migratory waves.”
Many observers saw this as a direct rebuke of Donald Trump.
Pope Francis tried this once before.
Days before the South Carolina primary, he attacked Trump saying he’s not a Christian for supporting a border wall.
But many pundits believe Francis’ support for mass migration and attack on Trump helped Trump win that crucial primary.
Will Francis interfering in America’s election galvanize Trump’s base once again?
Immigration is a winning issue for Trump. Anything that drives the conversation toward the border and cracking down on illegal immigration helps Trump and the GOP.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.