Little girl shares immigration message with pope

Sophie Cruz, 5, of suburban Los Angeles reaches to give Pope Francis a letter and T-shirt during a parade in Washington on Wednesday. The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his historic, six-day trip to the U.S. got its first test Wednesday as the girl with a gift for the pontiff made her way through a security barrier and onto his parade route.
Sophie Cruz, 5, of suburban Los Angeles reaches to give Pope Francis a letter and T-shirt during a parade in Washington on Wednesday. The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his historic, six-day trip to the U.S. got its first test Wednesday as the girl with a gift for the pontiff made her way through a security barrier and onto his parade route.
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A girl who was handed up to the pope during Pope Francis' parade in Washington shared a message about immigration.

Alicia Flores of La Hermandad, an immigration advocacy group, says the girl is Sophie Cruz.

Sophie got beyond a barricade and approached the popemobile Wednesday morning, carrying a T-shirt bearing a message about the status of immigrant parents of children born in the United States. She also carried a letter addressed to Pope Francis that bore her name and address in suburban Los Angeles.

Sophie shied back when a bodyguard came near. But when the pope gestured to her, she allowed the bodyguard to pick her up and bring her forward for a papal kiss and blessing. A guard passed the shirt and message into the popemobile.

The Guardian has the video (along with an audio recording of Sophie reading her message)