Pope Francis Greets 5-Year-Old Daughter Of Immigrants During D.C. Parade

On Wednesday's papal parade in Washington D.C., a young child of immigrants named Sophie Cruz bypassed police blockades for a chance to speak to Pope Francis during his historic U.S. tour. 

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Although security stopped her in her tracks, Francis saw the girl from afar and ushered her over. A security detail lifted the 5-year-old toward the Pope, who embraced and hugged her sweetly. She reportedly left him with a gift — a letter asking him to do something about immigration reform in the United States.

"I believe I have the right to live with my parents," the letter read, according to AP. "I have the write 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." 

Cruz, a native of California, also gave him a yellow t-shirt that read "Pope: rescue DAPA, so the legalization would be with your blessing," People reports. DAPA stands for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, President Barack Obama's executive action that would extend deportation protections to the parents of American citizens. 

Pope Francis will continue his D.C. trip with a speech before a joint session of Congress today. He will then travel to New York City and finish his trip in Philadelphia later this week. 

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