The pope has touched down in the U.S. this week for a multiple-city tour and he has already greeted thousands of people lining the streets to him during his first stop in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday, a girl even broke the security barrier to meet the pontiff. She was stopped by the guards, but then picked up by one and taken right to his stopped Popemobile.
According to Fox News Latino, the pope instructed his security detail to "let her come to me."
The Associated Press recorded the entire ordeal and at a glance, the exchange appears to look like a blessing. But as the girl — identified as 5-year-old Sofia Cruz who came with her church group from Los Angeles — is taken away, she turns back and hands him a yellow T-shirt along with a note.
According to the New York Times, the note held a powerful message related to the U.S.' immigration issue.
It read as follows:
Pope Francis, I want to tell you that my heart is sad and I would like to ask you to speak with the president and the Congress in legalizing my parents because every day I am scared that one day they will take them away from me. I believe I have the right to live with my parents. I have the right to be happy. My dad works very hard in a factory galvanizing pieces of metal. All immigrants just like my dad feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect.They deserve an immigration reform because it benefits my country and because they have been working hard harvesting oranges, watermelons, carrots, onions, spinach and other vegetables.
The message was not lost of the pope, who during his address to U.S. congress this morning, dedicated a portion to immigration:
"In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. Nonetheless, when the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our "neighbors" and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this."