[Ed. – This isn’t a case where the pontiff’s words are ambiguous. It appears that that is exactly what he said. I wonder if this means that the dignity of migrants must be prioritized over the safety and dignity of old ladies and small children, when migrants disproportionately prey on them? It’s pretty hard to make that case, in my view.]
In the message, Francis demanded governments welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, saying Jesus’ message of love is rooted in welcoming the “rejected strangers of every age.”
He demanded a simplified process of granting humanitarian and temporary visas and rejected arbitrary and collective expulsions as “unsuitable.” He said the principle of ensuring each person’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.” …
Ignoring critics who say his calls are unrealistic and naive, Francis insisted in the new message that border guards must be trained to protect migrants and that each new arrival, regardless of legal status, must be guaranteed access to basic services beyond health care.
That extends to guaranteeing access to consulates, the justice system and the ability to open a bank account and survive financially, he said.