Cardinal Dolan in op-ed criticizes Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric

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July 30, 2015

Opponents and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump demonstrate outside a Los Angeles hotel July 10. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) See DOLAN-IMMIGRATION July 30, 2015.

Opponents and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump demonstrate outside a Los Angeles hotel July 10. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

NEW YORK (CNS) — In an op-ed piece published July 29 in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without explicitly naming him.

He recalled teaching college students about nativism — the policy of protecting the interests of native-born inhabitants against those of immigrants — and telling students it was “a continual virulent strain in the American psyche, which would probably sadly show up again.”

The cardinal said the students back then disagreed, telling him: “Who could ever believe now that immigrants are dirty, drunken, irresponsible, dangerous threats to clean, white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon America?”

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