Pope Francis has denounced “racist and xenophobic” attitudes directed at migrants around the world.
Regarding the present surge of undocumented immigrants, primarily minors, across the southern U.S. border, the pontiff says that these children must be “welcomed and protected.”
Exercising principal legislative, executive, and judicial power over the State of Vatican City, the pope governs what is probably the only nation in the world encircled in its entirety by an actual physical wall (see picture above).
Whatever the intended purpose of this masoned barrier, it hardly sends a message that migrants are welcome.
In addition, almost half of this heavily fortified country is taken up by the Vatican Gardens. Beautiful as those gardens may be, the space doesn’t seem to be used for sheltering refugees from Africa, let alone those that, hypothetically, may have managed to surmount said barrier with the aid of that storied x+1 foot ladder that allegedly outmatches every x-foot-high obstruction.
So what if the U.S. government proposed the erection of a brick & mortar encumbrance spanning from Brownsville to San Diego? Would it be unreasonable to extrapolate from the pope’s statements that he would not look too kindly upon efforts of other nations to follow the Vatican’s hallowed example when it comes to border security?
A cynic might detect overtones of NIMBY emanating from the Holy See.