Former White House strategist Steve Bannon denounced the Catholic Churchâ€™s position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, accusing church leaders of having an â€œeconomic interestâ€ in continued illegal immigration.
In a wide ranging interview with Charlie Rose of CBS, set to air Sunday on â€œ60 Minutes,â€ Bannon blasted the Church for condemning the Trump administrationâ€™s decision to wind down the DACA program.
â€œThe bishops have been terrible about this,â€ Bannon, himself a Catholic, toldRose. â€œBy the way, you know why? You know why? Because [theyâ€™re] unable to really come to grips with the problems in the Church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.â€
Following Trumpâ€™s decision Tuesday to wind down DACA, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called the move â€œreprehensibleâ€ and vowed to support the programâ€™s beneficiaries.
â€œToday, our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond,â€ the bishops said in a statement. â€œIt is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country.â€
While the USCCB alluded to a higher authority in its support of DACA, Bannon accused the Church of a more earthly motivation.
â€œThey [the bishops] have an economic interest in unlimited immigration, unlimited illegal immigration,â€ he said.
Bannon was known as one of the voices inside the Trump administration pushing for tougher policies in immigration.Â While he disagrees with Trumpâ€™s decision not to cancel DACA outright, Bannon says he understands why the president shifted the burden of deciding the programâ€™s fate to lawmakers.
â€œLook, what he did on DACA the other day â€” okay, I donâ€™t agree with that DACA decision, but I understand how he struggled with it, I understand how heâ€™s giving the possibility of a legislative thing,â€ he said.
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