A tweet from conservative, non-profit political advocacy group CatholicVote.org has caused quite a stir on social media. The tweet shows a GIF of an unborn baby in the womb, and simply reads:
“They’ve done nothing wrong.
They’re here because of their parents.
They can’t be sent back.
Why don’t they deserve amnesty?”
They've done nothing wrong.
They're here because of their parents.
They can't be sent back.
Why don't they deserve amnesty? pic.twitter.com/18NPdXJhvU
— CatholicVote.org (@CatholicVote) January 23, 2018
Catholic Vote says its central mission is to “educate and inspire Americans of all faiths to prioritize the issues of life, faith, and family.”
Clearly in reference to the board political campaign seeking to uphold the DACA immigration program, the tweet highlights a key question: what about the innocent unborn? Do they not get any protection under the law?
The Trump administration has vowed to rescind the DACA program that allows certain people who came to the U.S. illegally as minors to be protected from immediate deportation.
“If there was any justice in the world, this meme would already have a 200,000 RTs. This is amazing,” replied one person on Twitter.
“They deserve life!” another added.
Nearly 800,000 undocumented young people have come under the DACA’s protection. Christian leaders from all corners of the church spoke out against Trump’s highly controversial September 2017 decision to start winding down the program.
“For far too long in this country, Hispanic young people have been the political bargaining chips of our powerful politicians,” Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration, said following the decision. “This is an affront to the sanctity of life, it is inhumane, and the Hispanic community will stand for it no longer.”
Many prominent figures in the pro-choice community also chose to speak out against the government’s DACA announcement. But it was an email from abortion activist and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards that was laced with an astonishing amount of irony.
“Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation,” she wrote.
Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions between 2015 and 2016.