Philadelphia Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

Philadelphia’s archbishop is criticizing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for an end to automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Archbishop Charles Chaput says the proposal to end birthright citizenship is “a profoundly bad idea” and would undermine a pillar of America’s identity.

He says Trump and other public officials supporting such an idea are playing on Americans’ “worst fears and resentments.”

His comments came in remarks prepared for a panel discussion Tuesday night organized by the church in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia the end of September.

Well before mentioning Trump by name, the leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese said at least one presidential candidate had turned the immigration debate “ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast.”

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