Jun 20, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Pope Francis denounces Trump's family separation policy

Pope Francis on World Migrants and Refugees Day. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis has spoken out against the Trump administration's controversial zero-tolerance border policy and the separation of migrant families in an exclusive interview with Reuters.

It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution.
— Pope Francis to Reuters

The big picture: The pope blamed populists for "creating psychosis" on the issue of immigration and told Reuters that he agrees with American Catholic bishops who have called the Trump administration's policy "contrary to our Catholic values" and "immoral." It's the first time the pontiff has explicitly addressed the policy after seemingly hinting at it in a tweet last week.

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