Little Sofia Cruz Meets and Gives Letter to Pope Francis

Little Sofía Cruz Wanted to Give Message to Pope; She Got Her Wish

Little Sofía Cruz, 5, came from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. with a mission – to hand the Pope a letter about the 5 million children in the U.S. whose immigrant parents could be deported. As millions watched during the live coverage of Pope Francis greeting crowds in D.C., she got her wish. 
Pope Francis beckoned to the little girl, who had stepped out of the crowd. Sofía was part of a delegation of 6 children and 19 adults who had come from their California church with one important mission – to seek the Pope’s advocacy and support for legalizing the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. 
Several days ago, the delegation from the La Señora Reina de Los Angeles Church at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles spoke to Telemundo and other reporters about their pilgrimage to D.C. Sofía said what she wanted to relay to Pope Francis. 
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Pope Francis reaches for a child during a parade on September 23, 2015, in Washington, DC. ALEX BRANDON / AFP – Getty Images
“I think immigrants should be legalized since they have earned it. They work hard in the fields and the factories,” said the girl, whose parents are immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico. 
RELATED: El momento en que la hispana Sofía Cruz le entrega playera, carta al Papa 
An attorney who supports the group told Telemundo they were hoping the Pope’s address to Congress would “soften some hearts” on immigration. 

 

Sofia Cruz, 5, came from Los Angeles with her family and others from her church to give Pope Francis a message – to advocate for immigrants in the U.S. She got her wish, as she was able to approach the pontiff, who blessed her and took the letter she wrote.  Bob Sullivan
“We’re hopeful the Pope speaks to Congress and those who have the power,” said Sofía’s dad before the pilgrimage. 

 

Raul Cruz holds his daughter Sophie. Bob Sullivan
On Wednesday, the little girl did not get a chance to speak to the Pope, but she did hand him the letter and a t-shirt that said “Papa Rescate DAPA,” which translates to “Pope, Rescue DAPA,” which is President Obama’s executive action which shields some young immigrants from deportation but is halted after a judge’s ruling. 
Sofía told Telemundo she was happy to meet Pope Francis.

 

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VIDEO: Trump Supporter Tells U.S. Citizen Jorge Ramos To ‘Get Out Of My Country’

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “passionate” fans will likely support him for any reason, even if it means going after U.S. citizen journalists. Soon after Donald Trump ejected the Spanish media Univision journalist Jorge Ramos from a press conference for asking questions about immigration on Tuesday night, a man told Ramos to “get out of my country.”


“You were very rude — this is not about you,” the unidentified man says, confronting Ramos outside the press conference, in video footage uploaded to the Univision‘s website. “Get out of my country. Get out–”

“This is my country — I’m a U.S. citizen too,” Ramos quipped.


“Well, whatever. Univision-whatever. It’s not about you,” the man shot back, before an uniformed individual separated the two.

Though Ramos was eventually let back into the press conference by a Trump staffer to ask his question, the media quickly pounced and panned him for being biased towards immigrants. Ramos had been trying to ask Trump for the specifics of an immigration policy plan to deport the country’s 11.3 million undocumented population when he was kicked out.

Since releasing a six-page policy plan calling for mass deportation and an end to birthright citizenship (among other harsh, anti-immigrant tenets to make life as miserable as possible for undocumented immigrants), Trump has indicated that undocumented immigrants “have to go,” but that he would let “management” give some consideration to letting the “good ones” back into the country.

Trump’s bombastic plan has largely been panned by Latino voters, but it has also stirred up anti-immigrant sentiment among his supporters. The vitriol from the man who confronted Ramos is just one of several recent indications of the kind of people who are attracted to his rhetoric. According to the New Yorker, Trump “made an incredible surge among the Tea Party supporters,” with 56 percent having a favorable view of him just one month after he announced his candidacy. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news site, endorsed him for president stating, “Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these people.” Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Michael Hill, and Brad Griffin are among some of the White nationalists that the New Yorker pointed out that support Trump. David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, described Trump as someone who’s “certainly the best of the lot” because he “understands the real sentiment of America.”


Trump’s fans are also proving that they can have incredibly hostile reactions to Latinos in general. After Trump delivered a speech to thousands of fans in Mobile, Alabama, a landscaping worker told the New York Times, “Hopefully, [Trump is] going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill,’… That’d be one nice thing.” And two brothers in Boston, inspired by Trump’s rhetoric, beat up and urinated on a homeless Latino man. In that instance, Trump initially described the two men as “very passionate,” before condemning their action hours later.

TRUMP SUPPORTERS: YANKED THE HAIR OF A FEMALE IMMIGRANT

This is Racism in Vivid Colors: This Trump supporter who yanked the hair of a female immigrant at a rally today in DC should be arrested for assault. Immigration activist Erica Fuentes (C) cries after an alleged assault by another attendant of the #StopIranNow event in D.C. Immigration activists affiliated with United We Dream targeted the event’s headliner Donald Trump, who has introduced radical immigration enforcement policies as a part of his presidential campaign. Jassiel Perez / United We Dream. SOURCE


No human being is illegal

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– Jorge Ramos, news anchor at Univision


First, Trump booted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of his news conference. Then things got interesting.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Two minutes into Donald Trump’s news conference here Tuesday night came the question he tried to silence.

“Mr. Trump, I have a question,” said Jorge Ramos, the top news anchor at Univision and one of the country’s most recognizable Mexican-Americans, as he stood up in the front row of journalists.

“Excuse me,” the Republican presidential front-runner told Ramos. “Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down.”

Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. “I’m a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen,” he said. “I have the right to ask a question.”

Trump interrupted him. “Go back to Univision,” he said. Then the billionaire businessman motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room.

Trump’s dismissal of a major television news anchor lit up social media. Reporters asked Trump why he removed Ramos. At first, he accused Ramos of violating his news conference protocol. “He stood up and started screaming,” Trump said of Ramos. “He’s obviously a very emotional person,” said Trump.

But moments later, Ramos returned to his seat in the front row — and Trump called on him. For five minutes, they tangled over immigration policy, an issue on which both men have passionately different views. It was one of the more compelling moments of the 2016 campaign.

“Good to have you back,” Trump told Ramos, signaling to him to begin his questioning.

“Here’s the problem with your immigration plan,” Ramos said. “It’s full of empty promises.”

Ramos pointed out it would be unconstitutional to deny citizenship to what Trump calls “anchor babies,” children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. Trump disagreed, saying it could be done as an act of Congress and that some legal scholars argue the 14th Amendment should be changed.

“A woman’s getting ready to have a baby,” Trump said. “She crosses the border for one day, has the baby, all of a sudden for the next 80 years — we have to take care of” the child.

The next question from Ramos: How do you build a 1,900-mile wall across the U.S. border with Mexico?

“It’s very easy,” Trump said. “I’m a builder…. What’s more complicated is building a building that’s 95 stories tall.”

The questioning continued. At one point, Trump said, “I can’t deal with this.” A Trump aide interrupted and told Ramos, “Is there one question — one question?”

Yet Trump let the questioning continue, seemingly determined to prove his case. “I have a bigger heart than you do,” he told Ramos. “We’re going to do [deportations] in a very humane fashion.”

Trump went on to assert that gang members in Baltimore, St. Louis and other cities are illegal immigrants.

“Listen, we have tremendous crime,” he told Ramos. “We have some very bad ones… Do you mind if I send them back to Mexico?”

Ramos replied, “No human being is illegal, Mr. Trump.”

The response: “Well, when they cross the border, from a legal standpoint, they’re illegal immigrants when they don’t have their papers.”

When Ramos pressed Trump on polls showing his unpopularity with Latinos, Trump would not accept the premise of the question. First, he interrupted Ramos and turned the question on him: “How much am I suing Univision for right now? Do you know the number? I know you’re part of the lawsuit.”

Trump filed suit against the network in June, alleging defamation and breach of contract, after Univision ended its relationship with him and canceled plans to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant he owns following his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.

“I’m a reporter,” Ramos said.

“Five hundred million dollars,” Trump replied. “And they’re very concerned about it, by the way. I’m very good at this.”

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