Sophie Cruz’s Meeting With the Pope Was Planned for a Year… y Que?

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Remember Sophie Cruz, the adorable little girl who met Pope Francis?

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The 5-year-old caught the Pope’s attention during a parade in Washington, D.C. Pope Francis slowed his procession and called Sophie over to meet him.

Cruz gave Pope Francis this drawing.

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She also handed Pope Francis a 3-page letter asking him for help in preventing the deportation of undocumented immigrants in the US. Sophie’s parents are undocumented immigrants from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Although it looked spontaneous, the idea to get Sophie in front of the Pope was brewing for a year.

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Juan Jose Gutierrez of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition told The Associated Press: “We planned to do this from the moment we learned [the pope] was coming to the States.” Gutierrez’s organization was one of several immigrant activist groups that came together to plan Sophie’s trip to the East Coast. The idea was to get Sophie in front of the Pope in DC, and if that didn’t work out, Sophie and her entourage would follow the Pope to New York and Philadelphia. The Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition is pushing for the reinstatement of DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), the Obama-sponsored program that would allow the undocumented parents of US-born children to remain in the country.

Early on, several people figured Sophie’s move to meet the Pope was planned.

Once the details of the story were released, some felt Sophie was being used.

And others felt some people were focusing on the wrong details.

Although Sophie’s trip was planned, Pope Francis was not “in on it.”

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Some have said Sophie’s meeting with the Pope was “staged,” but Pope Francis had no knowledge of the plan. Juan Jose Gutierrez of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition also told the Associated Press that although Sophie was chosen to deliver the message to the Pope, she wasn’t given a script: “She didn’t have anyone coaching her. She just spoke from her heart. It all came from her.”

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