However, the decision has been met with harsh criticism, including from us bishops, who said ending the program was a "national tragedy" for all parties and argued that it is unfair to deport young people who did not make the choice to come to the usa, but who nevertheless have contributed to the country by holding down jobs, going to college and even serving in the nation's armed forces.
"The other day came the news of that Russian ship that went from Norway to Japan and crossed the North Pole without finding ice", Francis said. They speak very clearly.
Francis is pointing out an obvious but accurate trope about Republicans in the country: that they only care about a life when it is the womb, but then as soon as it gets out and needs healthcare or a living wage or asks to stop being fatally shot in traffic stops by police, Republicans are suddenly not interested in that life any more.
While in the city he also paid a visit to the home of St Peter Claver, a 17th-century Jesuit priest who performed Catholic rites for slaves in defiance of their colonial masters who treated them as chattel.
Steve Bannon, who until recently was Trump's chief strategist, accused the bishops of having an ulterior motive in advocating for families affected by the decision to revoke DACA.
Pope Francis used the trip to urge common people in Colombia, all good Catholics to shun vengeance and to leave behind the bloody 50-year civil war. "They are very clear", he said. "History will judge their decisions".
Noting that "the scientists say clearly what are the roads to follow", Francis emphasized that "all of us have a responsibility...and I believe we must take it seriously". Dependency on drugs and other substances, as well as suicide, also provoke hopelessness, he said, which happens when youth are disconnected from their roots.
What they were doing, he said, was saying, "This is my treasure. He is the only animal that falls into the same pit twice", Francis said, although it was not immediately evident to what biblical passage he was referring.