Nikita Richardson
September 25, 2015 10:40 am

Between visits to the U.S. Congress, United Nations, and public receptions at Madison Square Garden, Central Park, and the 9/11 Memorial, it’s been a whirlwind week for Pope Francis. But the highlight – at least for us — is a small, but incredibly meaningful moment that passed while the pope was riding through Washington, D.C. in the popemobile

As some may know, a 5-year-old girl ran onto the parade route. At first, the Secret Service planned on removing her, but then the Pope asked the officers to bring her to him, so that he could bless her. What some people may not know is that the little girl, Sophie Cruz, was carrying a t-shirt and letter, both with very important messages.

According to Colorlines, the little girl’s gifts bore a message asking that the Pope fight for immigration reform in the U.S.

“Pope: Rescue DAPA so the legalization would be your blessing,” read the t-shirt in Spanish, the Pope’s native language.

DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, is an executive order that President Obama put in place last year to protect undocumented immigrant parents with children born in the U.S. from being deported. Unfortunately, a number of states have filed lawsuits against the federal government to block the law, leading to an injunction that has temporarily prevented the order from becoming law. 

Sophie also included an incredibly moving letter (in Spanish), which you can read (in English) below:

Below the text, Sophie included a drawing describing how her friends were of different races and ethnicities and still got along perfectly well.  

If you’re not already overcome, here’s a video of Sophie reciting her letter to Univision.

If only everyone else could see the immigration issue as plainly as a 5-year-old.

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[Image via Twitter]

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