On the final day of his trip to Mexico on Wednesday, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Juarez, across the border from El Paso, and to highlight the flow of immigrants from Latin America to the United States.
Francis has said borders too often are “monuments of exclusion” and has called on the United States and Mexico to protect migrants escaping poverty and violence in Central America.
The visit comes during a U.S. presidential campaign that, for some candidates, has been marked by rhetoric built on excluding most of these migrants. Will the pope be able to alter the tone of that rhetoric?
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