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Trump comments ‘harsh, offensive,’ Vatican newspaper says

In its continuing coverage of the US immigration debate, the Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump ‘used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants’ from several countries.

‘No agreement on Dreamers’ was the headline on the lead story for L’Osservatore Romano‘s edition dated 13th January and published late on 12th January.

In the past few days, the paper reported, ‘the tension on the theme of immigration has risen noticeably’ with Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress meeting on 11th January to discuss a measure that would keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intact, but also include Trump’s demands for a border wall.

The program, known by its initials DACA, protects from deportation between 700,000 and 800,000 young people illegally brought to the United States as children.

Based on media reports about the meeting, L’Osservatore said, ‘Trump used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and some African countries. The expressions immediately gave rise to controversy and indignation.’

Picture: Deportees get off a bus at an immigration facility on 11th January after a flight arrived in San Salvador, El Salvador, with immigrants who were in the US without documents. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters).